by James Huneker
Croquet was all the rage in England in 1860s. It derived from earlier games, and was introduced by France. Interest in the game spread to the United States. The different forms of croquet, and similar games such as golf, trucco, pall-mall, and kolven, actually derive from games dating as far back as the Middle Ages.
Horace Elisha Scudder, 1838-1902, wrote this book under the pseudonym R. Fellow. Scudder was a prolific writer and used numerous nom de plumes. He is perhaps best known for his work as a children’s author, with such books as Seven Little People and Their Friends (1862), Dream Children (1864), and writing the textbook, A History of the United States of America Preceded By a Narrative of the Discovery and Settlement of North America and of the Events Which Led to the Independence of the Thirteen English Colonies for the Use of Schools and Academies. Although published in 1884, it became a paradigm for textbooks. He also served as the editor of The Atlantic Monthly. He died at the age of 64 at his home in Boston.