Frederic Taber Cooper (essay date 1912)
SOURCE: "Robert Hichens," in Some English Story Tellers: A Book of the Younger Novelists, Henry Holt and Company, 1912, pp. 342-75.
[An American educator, biographer, and editor, Cooper served for many years as literary critic at the Bookman, a popular early twentieth-century literary magazine. In the following essay, he surveys Hichens's early works, from The Green Carnation to The Fruitful Vine, commenting on his themes, style, and development as a writer.]
It is almost a score of years since Mr. Robert Hichens first sprang into local notoriety through The Green Carnation, which set all London buzzing hotly anent the identity of its bold...
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