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.