James De Mille, 1837-1880
Canadian popular writer who published numerous works of popular fiction from the late 1860s through the 1870s. His most popular work with contemporaries, and the work for which he is most known today, is A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder, which was serialized posthumously in Harper's Weekly, and published in book form by Harper and Brothers of New York City, during 1888. Other works included the 1867 historical novel Helena's Household, set in ancient Rome, The Dodge Club (a boys' adventure story), and The Babes in the Woods: a Tragic Comedy: a Story of the Italian Revolution in 1848. Many of the books were originally published in serial form in such periodicals as Harper's Weekly.