Julian Osgood Field

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Julian Osgood Field
Born 1852
Stockbridge, Massachusetts, United States
Died 1925
Pen name X.L.
Occupation short story writer
Nationality United States
Period 1893–1925
Genre Horror fiction
Literary movement Decadent movement

Julian Osgood Field (1852–1925) was an American socialite and writer. Some of his works were published under the pseudonyms X.L. or Sigma.


Julian Osgood FIeld was born on April 23, 1852, the son of Maunsell Bradhurst Field (1822–75), who was an official of the US Treasury under Abraham Lincoln, and Julia Field (née Stanton). Educated in England, he lived largely in London and Paris and became an intimate of the future King Edward VII of Great Britain. Field used the pseudonym X.L. (or Sigma) to write decadent horror fiction.

Despite his background, Field was a crook, moneylender's tout, and undischarged bankrupt, pursued by many creditors.[1] As well as his books of recollections, which have been mined by biographers, he is notable for involving Lady Ida Sitwell, mother of Osbert Sitwell, Sacheverell Sitwell and Edith Sitwell in a financial scandal in 1912 which led to her imprisonment for debt.

Fiction bibliography[edit]

  • 1893 "A Kiss of Judas" published in The Pall Mall Magazine, July 1893
    reprinted in Vampyres: Lord Byron to Count Dracula, ed. Christopher Frayling (London: Faber, 1991)
  • 1893 "The Luck of the Devil" published in The Pall Mall Magazine, October 1893
  • 1894 Aut Diabolus Aut Nihil and Other Tales (London: Methuen & Co.)
  • 1898 With All the Powders of the Merchant published in The Pall Mall Magazine, September to December 1898

Non-fiction bibliography[edit]

  • 1893 "A Few Words About Jules Sandeau" published in The Pall Mall Magazine, November 1893
  • 1924 "Things I Shouldn't Tell" (London, Eveleigh Nash & Grayson, 1924). (This and the next two items were volumes of often scandalous reminiscences about late Victorian and Edwardian high society. All were published anonymously.)
  • 1924 "Uncensored Recollections" (London, Eveleigh Nash & Grayson, 1924)
  • 1925 "More Uncensored Recollections" (London, Eveleigh Nash & Grayson, 1925)

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  1. ^ Greene, Richard Edith Sitwell: Avant garde poet, English genius, Hachett Digital, 2011