Charles Macomb Flandrau (1871-1938), author and essayist, was born on December 9, 1871 in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Flandrau established himself as an author with Harvard Episodes (1897), a book about contemporary college life whose success led to a second book about college, The Diary of a Freshman(1901). After an extended visit to his brother's Mexican coffee plantation, he wrote Viva Mexico! (1908), a travel book critically acclaimed for its observations of social customs and political life under Mexican president Porfirio Díaz. Flandrau’s other books include Prejudices (1911), Loquacities (1931) and Sophomores Abroad (1935).