March 19, 1850|
|Died||January 9, 1934|
|Pen name||Octave Thanet|
|Relatives||Marcus Morton (grandfather)|
Alice French (March 19, 1850 – January 9, 1934), better known as Octave Thanet, was an American novelist and short fiction writer.
She was born at Andover, Massachusetts, a daughter of George Henry and Frances Wood French. Her mother was the daughter of Massachusetts Governor Marcus Morton. Alice graduated from Abbot Academy in Andover in 1868.
She began her literary career about 1878 with studies of a social and economic bent, but soon turned to short stories, especially after her move to Davenport, Iowa. Iowa and Arkansas gave her opportunities for exploiting regions hitherto little attempted in fiction. Her stories “The Bishop's Vagabond,” “The Hay of the Cyclone,” and “Whitsun Harp, Regulator” were popular. These, with other articles, initially appeared in the Atlantic Monthly and Scribner's Magazine. Later they appeared in her books. Her novel Expiation (1890), won high praise.
- The Bishop's Vagabond (1884)
- Knitters in the Sun (1887)
- We All (1889)
- Stories of a Western Town (1892)
- Otto the Knight (1893)
- A Book of True Lovers (1897)
- Missionary Sheriff (1897)
- The Heart of Toil (1898)
- An Adventure in Photography (1899)
- The Best Letters of Mary Wortley Montagu (1901) (editor)
- The Man of the Hour (1905)
- Stories That End Well (1911)
- A Step on the Stair (1913)
Two of Alice French's houses have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places:
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Gilman, D. C.; Thurston, H. T.; Moore, F., eds. (1906). "French, Alice". New International Encyclopedia (1st ed.). New York: Dodd, Mead.
- Works by Octave Thanet at Internet Archive
- Works by Alice French at Project Gutenberg (as Octave Thanet)
- Alice French at Find a Grave
- Alice French (Octave Thanet) Papers at Newberry Library