Essential chronology of Mason's life
Alfred Edward Woodley Mason is born on 7th May in Camberwell, the third son of Elizabeth and William Woodley Mason.
Mason enters Dulwich College.
1880 or 1881
He spends his first holiday in the Alps.
Mason enters Trinity College, Oxford. T.
He takes his BA from Oxford and becomes an actor in the Compton Comedy Company.
Mason goes to London with the intention of becoming a playwright.
His first novel A Romance of Wastdale is published by Elkin Mathews.
He meets J.M. Barrie.
Mason’s most famous work, The Four Feathers, is published in October by Smith, Elders & Co.
He is elected MP for the Liberals.
Mason publishes Running Water with Hodder and Stoughton.
The first of the Inspector Hanaud’s detective stories, At the Villa Rose, is published by Hodder & Stoughton
He enlists in the Manchester Regiment of Infantry and is made Captain.
He serves as agent for the newly constituted Secret Service Department.
Mason writes Sir George Alexander and the St. James’ Theatre.
He is offered a knighthood but refuses.
The film The Drum, produced by Alexander Korda and written and adapted for the screen by Mason, is premiered in April.
Mason publishes Sir Francis Drake, a biography of the great Elizabethan seaman.
Mason dies in his house in London on the 22nd November at the age of 83.