He was born in Brittany. He served as a cavalry officer in the Franco-German War, was captured at Sedan, but was released in time to join the Versaillist army which overcame the Paris Commune, and was severely wounded during the second siege of Paris. In 1872 he went to England as correspondent of several French newspapers, and in 1876 became the very efficient French master at St Pauls School, London, retaining that post until 1884.
What induced him to leave was the brilliant success of his first book, John Bull et son île (translated as John Bull and his Island), which in its French and English forms was so widely read as to make his pseudonym a household word in England and America.
Several other volumes of a similar type dealing in a like spirit with Scotland, America and France followed. He married an Englishwoman, who translated his books. But the main work of the years between 1890 and 1900 was lecturing. Max ORell was a ready and amusing speaker, and his easy manner and his humorous gift made him very successful on the platform. He lectured often in the United Kingdom and still more often in America. He died in Paris, where he was acting as correspondent of the New York Journal, in May 1903.
This book contains his following stories:
French And English Homes, The House In Elm Avenue, The Portrait, Dora, The Dramatic Author And The Patron Of Arts, The Inventor, The New House, The House-Warming, The Confession, Belgravia, General Sabaroff, The Husband, The Wife, And The Other, A Cruel Ordeal, Eva, The Separation, Philip Returns To The Fold, Dora?s Studio, Lorimer?s