Maurice Magnus's Memoirs of the Foreign Legion was published in 1924, several years after his death. In the introduction, D. H. Lawrence presents the author as a scoundrel and a cheat, an assessment that has had a lasting influence on Magnus's reputation.
Philadelphia native Louise E. Wright earned degrees in English literature from Temple University and taught English at the Community College of Philadelphia. An independent scholar, she specializes in twentieth-century literary history. She has written extensively about Maurice Magnus, D. H. Lawrence and Jack London.