Educated at Temple Grove School, East Sheen, Cheltenham College, and Trinity College, Oxford, in 1879 Sladen migrated to Australia, where he became the first professor of history in the new University of Sydney. Subsequently he traveled much and settled in London as a writer. Poems by Margaret Thomas were included in a work in the 1880s.
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His work includes:
- Frithjof and Ingebjorg (1882)
- Poetry of Exiles (1883)
- In Cornwall and Across the Sea (1885)
- Edward the Black Prince (1886), an epic drama
- The Spanish Armada (1888)
- The Japs at Home (1892)
- A Japanese Marriage (1895)
- A Sicilian Marriage (1905)
- Egypt and the English (1908)
- Queer Things About Egypt (1911)
- The Unholy Estate (1912)
- Twenty Years of my Life (1913)
- Queer Things about Japan (1913)
- The Real "Truth about Germany" (1914)
- His German Wife (1915)
- Fair Inez: A Romance of Australia (1918)
- Paul's Wife: or "The Ostriches" (1919)
- My Long Life (1939)
- Current Opinion, vol. 6 (1891), p. 23
- "Sladen, Douglas (Brooke Wheelton)". Who's Who. Vol. 57. 1905. p. 1483.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Gilman, D. C.; Peck, H. T.; Colby, F. M., eds. (1905). . New International Encyclopedia. XVIII (1st ed.). New York: Dodd, Mead. p. 224.
- Australian Dictionary of Biography entry
- Researching Biography: Who is Douglas Sladen?
- Works by or about Douglas Sladen at Internet Archive
- Works by Douglas Sladen at LibriVox (public domain audiobooks)
- Twenty Years of my Life (New York: EP Dutton & Company Publishers, 1913), archive.org
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