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Egerton Castle (1858-1920), novelist, was born in London. His father, who was an intimate friend of Browning, George Sand, Verdi and Liszt, took the boy with him on walking tours on the Continent. He was educated at the universities of Paris, Glasgow and Cambridge; was entered at the Inner Temple; went to Sandhurst and served three years with the colours; and represented England as an international at fencing. From 1885 to 1894 he was on the staff of the Saturday Review. With his wife Agnes he produced a series of romantic novels which include The Pride of Jennico (1898), The Bath Comedy (1900), The Secret Orchard (1901), The Star Dreamer (1903), The Incomparable Bellairs (1904) and If Youth But Knew (1906). He also wrote a play, Desperate Remedies.