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Veteran novelist celebrates

The May 27 1930 edition of the Toronto Daily Star featured this photograph of a famous British novelist celebrating his 77th birthday:

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Hall Caine (1853-1931) was wildly successful in his time, selling over ten million copies of his books and writing plays that were performed in London’s West End and on Broadway. He was so popular that crowds would gather outside of his house.

Critics have claimed that his works are deadly serious and melodramatic, and he is virtually unknown today. Many of his books are now in the public domain, so you can see for yourself.

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