British author; born at Trois-Rivières, Canada, 1807; died at Teddington, England, Sept. 2, 1887; educated at Linden, Hanover, Berlin (Ph.D.), and at the Montpellier School of Medicine. In 1832 he visited England for the first time, and in the following year went to Algiers as assistant surgeon of the French army. He was at first attached to the Foreign Legion, but in 1834 he severed his connection with that body. He returned to France, but was banished in 1839 for alleged complicity in a revolutionary plot, whereupon he settled in London as author, linguist, tutor, dramatist, and surgeon. Through the intervention of Mr. Gladstoṇe he received some years before his death an annuity from the government, but he nevertheless ended his career in straitened circumstances.

Strauss was the author of the following works: "Men Who Have Made the German Empire" (2 vols., London, 1874); "The Reminiscences of an Old Bohemian" (2 vols., ib. 1882); "Stories by an Old Bohemian" (ib. 1883); "Philosophy in the Kitchen" (ib. 1885); and "The Emperor William" (ib. 1887). He was the author also of a French and a German grammar, and of other educational works. He translated into English many books from French and German, and contributed to numerous London periodicals, of which may be mentioned the "Grocer" (of which he was the first editor), the "Punchinello," the "Lancet," and the "Morning Advertiser." He wrote also some pieces for the stage, of which one, a farce, was produced with success at the Drury Lane Theatre in 1868.

  • Athenœum, Sept. 17, 1887.
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