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Book - “Mr. Isaacs - A Tale of Modern India
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Title: Book - “Mr. Isaacs - A Tale of Modern India”
Identifier: 979.6.1393
Donor: Geoffrey Sayers
Item Date: 1883
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: An orange and black hard covered book of 316 pages entitled "Mr. Isaacs - A Tale of Modern India". Inside is inscribed "E. M. Harris, 125 Beverley St."

Francis Marion Crawford (August 2, 1854 - April 9, 1909) was an American writer noted for his many novels. He was born at Bagni di Lucca, Italy, the son of the American sculptor Thomas Crawford and Louisa Cutler Ward, and the nephew of Julia Ward Howe, the American poet. He studied at St Paul's School, Concord, New Hampshire; Cambridge University; University of Heidelberg; and Rome. In 1879 he went to India, where he studied Sanskrit and edited the 'Allahabad Indian Herald'. He continued his Sanskrit studies at Harvard University for a year, contributing to various periodicals, and in 1882 produced his first novel, "Mr. Isaacs', a brilliant sketch of modern Anglo-Indian life mingled with a touch of Oriental mystery. This book had an immediate success, and its author's promise was confirmed by the publication of 'Dr. Claudius' (1883). After a brief residence in New York and Boston, in 1883 he returned to Italy, where he made his permanent home. This accounts perhaps for the fact that, in spite of his nationality, Marion Crawford's books stand apart from any distinctively American current in literature. REF: visited Jan. 9, 2008.

Elizabeth M. Harris (1835-1910), eldest daughter of Elizabeth (née Molony) (1829-1884) and Captain James Beveridge Harris (1797-1884). Also known as Bessie, she was born on board a ship as her parents emigrated to Canada. She lived at Benares until 1888, when a series of inheritances allowed her, with her sister Lucy, to buy a house on St. George Street and later Beverly Street in Toronto. Some of their furniture from Toronto is in the Benares collection. Bessie died in 1910.
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