James De Mille, professor, novelist (b at Saint John 23 Aug 1833; d at Halifax 28 Jan 1880). He spent most of his life teaching history, rhetoric and literature at Dalhousie in Halifax. His reputation, however, rested on his writing; he was one of North America's most popular novelists of the late 19th century. He wrote historical romances, novels of manners and adventure with international settings, and tales of mystery and sensation. In addition, De Mille produced 2 notable series of books for boys, in which he avoided much of the trite moralizing found in such works during this period.