Max Adeler was the pseudonym of Charles Heber Clark (1841-1915), the author of Out of the Hurly-Burly (1874), Elbow-Room: A Novel Without a Plot (1876), Captain Bluitt (1901), Frictional Electricity (1905) and By the Bend in the River (1914). When the good ship Morning Star, bound to Liverpool from New York, foundered at sea, the officers, the crew, and all of the passengers but two, escaped in the boats. Professor E. L. Baffin and his daughter, Matilda Baffin, preferred to intrust themselves to a patent india-rubber liferaft, which the Professor was carrying with him to Europe, with the hope that he should sell certain patent rights in the contrivance.
The story of a professor and his daughter shipwrecked on a magical island stuck in the Middle Ages. This story led to rivalry with fellow humorist Mark Twain. Clark accused Twain of plagiarizing parts of “The Fortunate Island” in A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.