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'Flashman' Author George MacDonald Fraser Dies

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'Flashman' Author George MacDonald Fraser Dies

Remembrances

'Flashman' Author George MacDonald Fraser Dies

'Flashman' Author George MacDonald Fraser Dies

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George MacDonald Fraser, the British author of the Flashman series of books, has died. He was 82.

Fraser took a character — a bullying schoolboy — from the 19th century classic Tom Brown's Schooldays and imagined him as a soldier in the British army. The fictional Flashman became a literary anti-hero, a rascal and a rogue.

The books were praised by critics for their writing and historical accuracy.

Jesse Sheidlower, an editor of the Oxford English Dictionary who loves the Flashman series, offers a remembrance.

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