Sir Alexander Condie Stephen(20 July 1850 – 10 May 1908) was a British diplomat and translator from Russian and Persian.
Alexander Condie Stephen
|Born||20 July 1850|
|Died||10 May 1908(aged 57)|
He was the first translator of Lermontov's long poem "The Demon" into English, in 1875. He translated "Fairy Tales of a Parrot" from Persian in 1880.
In 1884-5, he was Assistant Commissioner on the Afghan Boundary Commission. he had the crucial role of keeping communications open between the Commission, in north-west Afghanistan and threatened by a large Russian army, and the British government in London. When the Commission's presence almost triggered a war in the aftermath of the Panjdeh incident, he was sent to London to report to the government in person.
He was caricatured in a Vanity Fair "Spy" print on 18 December 1902, as "Russian, Persian and Turkish".
Stephen is buried in Brompton Cemetery, London.
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