A French-born, English-language author and poet, he is best known for Cautionary Tales for Children, a collection of humorous poems with satirical morals. His non-fiction works include travel essays and writings on politics, economics, and history.
After the death of his French father, he was raised in West Sussex, England by his British mother.
He was a devout Catholic.
He married American-born Elodie Hogan in 1896. The couple subsequently had five children.
His humorous book of poems, Cautionary Tales for Children, ostensibly written for a young audience, is similar to Lewis Carroll's children's works, which also appeal to adult readers.