Marvin Hill Dana (1867-1926) ws an American author and journalist. He was born in Cornwall, Vermont and after graduating from Beeman Academy in New Haven he attended Middlebury College where he received his BA in 1886 and MA in 1889. He also obtained a Bachelor of Law degree from Albany Law School in 1888. After working as a lawyer in Missouri and New York he undertook post-graduate studies at Columbia University and attended General Theological Seminary. During this time he had his first book published, a collection of poetry, and in 1893 was ordained in the Episcopal Church, serving at St John's Episcopal Church in Stillwater, NY, and then at the Church of the Messiah in Rensselaer, NY. Dana left the ministry and turned to journalism, working first for the New York Herald before becoming editor of The Hungarian-American magazine in 1896. By 1897 he had moved to London where he edited the satirical magazine Judy until 1900 and wrote poems and articles for the Pall Mall Gazette. His first novel The Woman of Orchids was published in 1901 and he then returned to New York to work for the magazine The Smart Set, first as assistant editor, then as editor from 1902-04. In addition to his novels he wrote a number of practical guides on various subjects. This novel was first published in 1923.