THANET, OCTAVE [FRENCH, ALICE]. A charming sketch of a girl sitting on a fence seen from the back signed above the sketch, "Octave French, " 12mo ., Aug. 22, 1902. As a popular and successful writer, Alice French whose pseudonym was Octave Thanet, gained national success for her short fiction and novels written in the "local color" genre popular in the late 1860's to the early 20th century. Born in Massachusetts, she spent much of her adult life in Iowa. Her politics were conservative and her stories championed the status quo, however, she gained renewed interest for her sexual orientation. She lived openly with her widowed friend, Jane Allen Crawford.