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Early in his life, Henry Harland wrote novels (said to be of lesser quality, though we haven't seen them, and find ourselves skeptical of the assertion) under the name "Sidney Luska." Then his health took a turn for the worse, and his physician gave him two years to live. Seeing his days numbered, he started making a real effort to do his best work -- and managed to live fourteen more years as though each was his last, writing most of the novels and collections he's remembered for. He died in 1905 in San Remo, Italy, but lies buried in sight his family's home in Norwich, Connecticut. Included in this volume of Harland's stories are "The Bohemian Girl," "Mercedes," "A Broken Looking-Glass," "The Reward of Virtue," "A Reincarnation," "Flower o' the Quince," "When I Am King," "A Responsibility," and "Castles Near Spain."
Henry Harland (1861 - 1905) was an American novelist and editor. Harland was born in Brooklyn and attended the City College of New York and for a short spell Harvard Divinity School. In May 1884, he married Aline Herminie Merriam, who shared his artistic interests. His literary career falls into two distinct sections. During the first of these, writing under the pseudonym Sidney Luska, he produced a series of highly sensational novels, written with little regard to literary quality. But in 1889 Harland moved to London and fell under the influence of the Aesthetic movement. He began writing under his own name and in 1894, became the founding editor of The Yellow Book. The short story collections of this new period, A Latin Quarter Courtship (1889), Mademoiselle Miss (1893), Grey Roses (1895) and Comedies and Errors (1898), were praised by critics but had little general popularity. He finally achieved a wide readership with The Cardinal's Snuff-box (1900), which was followed by The Lady Paramount (1901) and My Friend Prospero (1903). His last novel, The Royal End (1909), was incomplete when he died. His wife finished it according to his notes. Harland died in 1905 at Sanremo, Italy, after a prolonged period of tuberculosis.