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Alfred Elwes

also known as Alfred Elwes


Alfred Elwes (1819–1888) was a nineteenth century British author of children's literature, academic, philologist, and occasional translator of French, Italianand Portuguese literature into English. He is perhaps best remembered for his translation of the medieval Arthurian romance Jaufry the Knight and the Fair Brunissende; a Tale of the Times of King Arthur.


Elwes was born at Woolwich, Kent. In his education Elwes attained the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. He studied at Leiden in Holland.

He studied at Leiden in Holland.


Elwes' interests in Continental languages and travel are reflected in most of his works. He both wrote and translated travel literature, and much of his children's fiction details the lives or adventures of young protagonists in European locales.

In addition to his works published in book form, Elwes contributed prose and verse to various periodicals.

Elwes was the compiler of a number of English/Romance dictionaries, as well as Romance language grammars for the use of students learning the languages, all reissued in various editions into the twentieth century.