|Robert Louis Stevenson ~November 13, 1850-December 3, 189|
|Treasure Island ~ (possible, unverified edition) 1911 ~ NY:
Charles Scribner’s Sons, First edition Fourteen full-page color
plates for this quite important title and edition: this was the first title
in the Scribner's Classic Series and it was Wyeth's first book publication.
Online eText Edition: http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/gutbook/lookup?num=120
Louis Stevenson was born in Edinburgh, Scotland.on November 13, 1850.
He became an essayist, poet and author of fiction and travel books, known
especially for his novels of adventure. Stevenson's novels make skillful
use of horror and supernatural elements. Often his stories are set in colourful
locations, where his characters can forget the restrictions of Victorian
society. From his childhood Stevenson suffered from tuberculosis. He spent
much of his time in bed during his early years, composing stories before
he could read. . As an adult there were times when Stevenson could not
wear a jacket for fear of bringing on a haemorrhage of the lung. In 1867
he entered Edinburgh University to study engineering. Due to his ill health
he had to abandon his plans to follow in his father's footsteps. Stevenson
changed to law and in 1875 he was called to the Scottish bar. During these
years his first texts were published in The Edinburgh University Magazine
(1871) and The Portofolio (1873). In a attempt to improve his health, Stevenson
travelled to warmer counries. These experiences provided much material
for his literary work. Instead of practicing law, Stevenson devoted himself
to writing travel sketches, essays, and short stories for magazines. An
account of his canoe tour of France and Belgium was published in 1878 as
AN INLAND VOYAGE, and TRAVELS WITH A DONKEY IN THE CERVENNES appeared the
following year. "I travel for travel's sake," Stevenson wrote. "The great
affair is to move." While in France Stevenson met Fanny Vandegrift Osbourne,
a married woman with two children. She returned to the United States to
get a divorce. In 1879 Stevenson followed her to California where they
married in 1880. After a brief stay at Calistoga, which was recorded in
THE SILVERADO SQUATTERS (1883), they returned to Scotland, and then moved
often in search of better climates. Stevenson first gained fame with
the romantic adventure story TREASURE ISLAND, which appeared in 1883. A
CHILD'S GARDEN OF VERSES (1885) was devoted to Alison Cunningham, who was
his nurse in his childhood. The book was a success and its verses have
become popular as songs. Among Stevenson's other works from the 1880s are
KIDNAPPED (1886), the story of David Balfour, his distant ancestor, THE
STRANGE CASE OF DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE (1886), based on a dream and written
and printed in 10 weeks, THE BLACK ARROW (1888), set in the era of the
War of the Roses, and MASTER OF BALLANTRAE (1889). From the late 1880s
Stevenson lived with his family in the South Seas, in Samoa - his father
died in 1887. Stevenson enjoyed a period of comparative good health. He
had nearly 20 servants and was known as 'Tusitala' or 'Teller of the Tales'.
The writer himself translated it 'Chief White Information.' Fanny was called
'Flying Cloud' - perhaps referring to her restlessness. Stevenson died
of a brain haemorrhage on December 3, 1894, in Vailima, Samoa. His last
work, WEIR OF HERMISTON (1896), was left unfinished, but is considered
|Donald Ogden Stewart 1894 ~ 1980|
|Mr. & Mrs. Haddock in Paris, France ~ 1926 ~ Harper &
Parody Outline of History: Online eText: ftp://sailor.gutenberg.org/pub/gutenberg/etext98/apooh10.txt
By a stroke of luck! : An autobiography by Donald Ogden
Ogden Stewart 30 November 1894 Columbus, Ohio, USA ~ 2 August 1980
London, England, UK. (heart attack)
Spouse: Ella Winter (1939 - ?) (his death) 2 children ~ Beatrice Ames (1924 - 1938) (divorced)
Sons: Ames Ogden Stewart, Donald. ~ Black-listed for Communism in 1950 ~ Emigrated to England in 1951, to avoid consequences of the black-list. He lived there until his death. ~ Trapped abroad (UK) when US State Dept refused to renew his regular passport. Considered a threat to US security.
Filmwriter: Dinner At Eight ~ An Affair to Remember ~ Prisoner of Zenda ~ Life With Father ~ That Uncertain Feeling ~ Kitty Foyle ~ The Philadelphia Story ~ Holiday ~ Barretts of Wimpole Street ~ and many more
|Jane L. Stewart|
|The Campfire Girls in the Mountains or Bessie King`s Strange Adventure
1914. (No. 4 in the series)
|W. O. Stoddard 1835-1925|
|Little Smoke: A Tale of the Sioux 1910 D. Appleton and
O. Stoddard (1835-1925) Assistant secretary (1861-1864) who sometimes
accompanied the President to weapons tests. He was appointed "Secretary
to the President to sign land patents" on July 15, 1861 after working as
editor of the Central Illinois Gazette, serving first in the Interior Department.
One of his original responsibilities was to prepare a digest of newspaper
articles; it was stopped because, according to Stoddard, "Mr. Lincoln never
found time to spend an hour upon laborious condensations." According
to Secretary John G. Nicolay's daughter, "When the mass of correspondence
finally grew too great for the two secretaries to handle, extra help was
secured, as John Hay's had been, by whipping the devil around the stump—a
clerk being ostensibly appointed to one of the departments, then assigned
to 'duty at the White House.' William O. Stoddard, perhaps the earliest
of these, was originally a clerk in the Department of the Interior, authorized
to sign land patents for the President. But since few land patents were
signed during the war years, he was told to report at the White House where
land patents could be signed just as well."
Stoddard briefly joined the army after the fall of Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861. One Sunday in May 1861, Stoddard recalled that he "took a furlough and went to the White House. It wore a deserted look. My latchkey let me in. I went upstairs and from room to room. All were empty, for Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln were at church, and I don't know where the boys were. In my room were many papers awaiting my signature, but I left them on my table and walked over to Nicolay's room, to be greeted by a shout from the distinguished but now forgotten Colonel Elmer Ellsworth ....We were talking war and the future when I picked up a carbine which stood in a corner and began to put Ellsworth through the manual of arms. As I did so, my orders brought him close to the south window. His movements had the precision of a machine. When the order came to take aim, the carbine went forward recklessly through a pane of glass, and I ordered him to shoulder arms. When the others came in, we had a story to tell them of an assassin among the bushes out yonder who had doubtless mistake Ellsworth or me for the President, and had attempted assassination. Perhaps the yarn would have lasted longer if Ellsworth could have kept his face straight, but as it was, the fun ended, and he and I went to our quarters." Stoddard's son later wrote that Mr. Lincoln was "partial" to "Stod." "On many evenings he took 'Stod' along when he made his calls on Secretary of State Seward and once on a vitally important call on General McClellan. To this were added trips to the Ford Theater. Even at that early age Stoddard was a writer (in ...Often when Lincoln had prepared an address he would call 'Stod' into his private office across the hall to listen to it. He would say, 'for criticism,' but what he really wanted was a preliminary audience. He wanted to hear himself deliver his speech. Stoddard understood this perfectly; he listened, but knew better than to criticize, except with a touch of humor."
The handsome, diplomatic Stoddard was assigned to help Mrs. Lincoln, thereby acting as a personal buffer between her and the other two secretaries, among whom no love was lost. Stoddard "was given a desk in Mr. Hay's office, and among other duties took over the care of Mrs. Lincoln's mail. She liked 'Stod' better than she liked either my father or John Hay, and appears to have called upon him for all kinds of services, which they were only too glad to delegate to him."4 Stoddard may have gotten along better with Mrs. Lincoln because he had similar notions about taking advantage of his position to make money. He provided information to a New York banker which helped predict gold fluctuations and contributed greatly to his financial independence. When Mrs. Lincoln heard of his success, she said: "I'm so glad to hear it! I think a great deal of Mr. Stoddard. Glad to hear of his good luck." Mrs. Lincoln instructed Stoddard to open and screen all of her letters, even those from her family. Stoddard later wrote: "The insane, the depraved and the fiendish have by no means restricted themselves to the President in their infamous penmanship. His vilest foes are willing to vent their infernal malice upon his unoffending wife..."6 Stoddard's health, like those of the President's other secretaries, suffered during his service. In early 1862, he had a bout of typhoid. Stoddard was latter appointed U.S. Marshal in Arkansas and became a prolific writer of historical and children's books. He recalled the President's final words to him in the President's office: "Take these things with you then' - passes, letters, orders for transportation are in your hand - 'and now there's just one thing I want to say. The war is nearly over. Just when it will end, I can't say, but it won't be a great while. Then the Government forces must be withdrawn from all the Southern States. Sooner or later, we must taken them all away. Now what I want you to do is this: do all you can, in any and every way you can, to get the ballot into the hands of the freedmen! We must make voters of them before we take away the troops. The ballot will be their only protection after the bayonet is gone, and they will be sure to need all they can get. I can see just how it will be. Will you?'
Stoddard's influence with Mrs. Lincoln and handling of incoming correspondence gave him more power than his position might have warranted. By withholding papers in one capital case, he may have contributed to a man's execution, according to Stoddard's own version of the incident. He claimed to misplace papers of a guerilla who was facing execution. After it was too late to stop the execution, Stoddard said he "found those papers and took them in to the President. His eyes, and the droop of the corners of his mouth, showed complete understanding. He knew perfectly well that I had feared he would pardon that murderer. He said nothing, but I had the feeling that we were in agreement as to that execution." Stoddard also took pride in claiming that he personally made the first copy of the draft Emancipation Proclamation in September 1862. Stoddard also recalled a less joyous time - on May 6, 1863 when news of the Union defeat at Chancellorsville reached the White House. Stoddard was working in John Hay's office: "Long hours meant nothing to me, and it was nine o'clock when I first saw Seward, Halleck and Stanton come out of Lincoln's room and walk slowly away. I was alone on that floor of the White House, except for the President across the hall behind the now-half-open door. It seemed to me the hall and the silent rooms were full of shadows, some of which came in and sat down by my desk to ask me what I thought would become of the Union cause and the country. Not long afterward, a dull, heavy, regularly repeated sound came out of Lincoln's room and found its way to mine. As I listened I became aware that this was the measured tread of the President's feet. He was walking the length of the room, to and fro, from wall to wall, on the farther side of the Cabinet table." For the next six hours, Stoddard heard the "tramp, tramp, tramp" of the President's feet. Early the next morning, he found President Lincoln seeming fresh and composed at his desk, having written instructions to General Joseph Hooker. "I knew that an answer had come to him during that long night of marching, for he turned to me as composed as though he had not been up all night in that room face to face with disaster," recalled Stoddard. After two bouts with typhoid, Stoddard left his White House post in July 1864. He had taken a break in July 1863, suffering from "Potomac River malaria" and gone north to New York. President Lincoln subsequently named him the federal marshal in Arkansas.
Prior to coming to Washington,
Stoddard had been editor of The Central Illinois Gazette in West Urbana
and The Ford County Journal. He had been an early booster of Mr. Lincoln
for president, having met him in October 1859 while a journalist. Stoddard,
however, went to Washington in 1861 without any clear idea how he might
be employed. He continued to submit articles to New York newspapers during
the Civil War. After the Civil War, he made his living primarily as a writer.
Among his books were several about Mr. Lincoln and his Experiences working
at the White House: Inside the White House in War Times, Lincoln's Third
Secretary and Abraham Lincoln: the Man and the War President.
|John F. G. Stokes|
|Introduction to the Hawaiian Language with English-Hawaiian Dictionary
and Hawaiian-English Dictionary compiled by Henry P. Judd (Former Professor
of the Hawaiian Language at the University of Hawaii), Mary Kawena Pukui
(Hawaiian Translator at the Bishop Museum) and John F. G. Stokes (Former
Curator of Polynesian Ethnology of the Bishop Museum). Shown is a 1962
11th printing of a 1945 book. 314 pages . The book contains about
5000 of the most common, indispensable, Hawaiian words
|C. T. Stoneham|
|King of the Jungle ~ 1932 ~ G&D ~ Paramount Pictures' Tarzan
copycat photoplay edition illustrated with four b/w stills from the movie
starring Buster Crabbe and Frances Dee.
The Lion's Way ~ 1931
|Clifford M. Sublette|
|The Scarlet Cockerel
One of several novels and short stories by Soblet descendant Clifford MacClellan Sublette.
|Mysteries of Paris 1903 ~ 3 volumes ~ NY: Century Co.
Les Mystères de Paris was a melodramaic epic set in the slums adjoining the Notre Dame Cathedral. The story boasted a cast made up of primarily lower class Parisians, the "dangerous classes" that roamed the streets including petty thieves, drifters, prostitutes, and vicious criminals. A ray of light in the shadows of the slums, the beautiful Fleur-de-Marie played the heroine by resisting the pressures of corruption that had driven her to prostitution. Fleur-de-Marie was rescued by the hero Rodolphe, a German prince disguised as a working man. Rodolphe also conspired with the police, a reference to the bandit-turned-policeman Eugène Vidocq This connection with the police, however, took a backseat to his superhuman strength coupled with charisma that made Roldophe the spokesman for righteousness in the series. The forces of evil were personified in the lustful notary Jacques Ferrand, as well as others who sought to corrupt Fleur-de-Marie and the other characters representing "good". In this respect, Sue's characters were two-dimensional, extremes in evil and virtue. For a while, the setting of the series was shifted to a farm outside of Paris in order to contrast the urban jungle of the faubourgs. After many hair-raising adventures and narrow escapes, Fleur-de-Marie was saved by Rodolphe from those who sought to exploit her, restored to a life of virtue, and in an unexpected plot twist, was discovered to be Rodophe's long-lost daughter.
Sue Parisian journalist, called the "king of the popular
novel," one of the most widely read writers of melodramatic fiction in
19th-century France. Sue was
one of the most widely read authors in France in the mid-nineteenth century.
Sue's vehicle for fame and fortune was the feuilleton, the serial novel
which was a feature of the French periodical press in the 1840's. He was
made famous by his novel, Les Mystères de Paris. The novel was written
in installments for Le Constitutionnel in 1842 and 1843.
Sue was born in Paris into a wealthy upper middle class family. (In some sources Sue's date of birth is January 26, 1804, and in others December 10, 1804.) His father was an army surgeon, and a favorite of Napoleon. Rebelling against his background, Sue left school with no qualifications and joined in 1823 the French Navy as an auxiliary surgeon. He sailed to Asia, Africa, and America and after his discharge in 1829, he settled in Paris, starting his career in literature and journalism. Having inherited in 1830 a fortune from his father, Sue was economically independent. Modelling his lifestyle upon Lord Byron, he soon gained fame as a dandy. Sue worked as a reporter for the Paris Herald and was later an editor of a Bavarian paper. His long novels, published in instalments, increased the circulation of the newspapers in which they appeared. He became one of the highest paid writers in France and rose to be Europe's first press baron, owning among other publications the Suddeutsche Zeitung.
Sue's early stories, among them Plick et Plock (1831), Atar-Gull (1831), and La Salamandre (1832), were based on his experiences at sea, and became famous with their sensational exoticism. In Le Morne-au-diable (1842) the protagonist was a female pirate. Lautréaumont (1837) was a historical novel set in the days of Louis XIV. The French poet Isidore Lucien Ducasse (1846-1870) took his pen name from the work. Sue also wrote a history of French seafaring, Histoire de la marine française (1835-37). In Arthur (1838) and Mathilde (1841) Sue still depicted contemporary 'high life' but then turned his attention to the social ills which marked the emergence of the Industrial Revolution in France.
After the Revolution year
of 1848 Sue was elected a Socialist deputy to the National Assembly, where
his idleness was criticized. The new constitution lasted only a short time.
In 1851, after Louis Napoleon's coup d'état, Sue went into exile
in Savoy, then under Italian rule. He died in exile in Annecy, Savoy, on
August 3, 1857.
|Frank Sullivan 1892 - 1976|
|The Life and Times of Martha Hepplethwaite 1926 Boni & Liveright,
Quote: "This is either a forgery or a damn fine original."
|Frank Sullivan (1892—1976) claimed that his career as a humorist began at the New York World, after he wrote a long obituary of a socialite who turned out not to be dead. He began contributing to Tbe New Yorker in 1926; his cliché expert, Mr. Arbuthnot, testified in the magazine from 1935 to 1952. Sullivan was also known for the annual Christmas poem “Greetings, Friends!,” which he wrote for forty-two years, until 1974.|
|Kate Dickinson Sweetser|
Girls from Dickens 1902 ~ stories about the following Dickens'
characters: The Marchioness, Morleena Kenwigs, Little Nell, The Infant
Phenomenon, Jenny Wren, Sissy Jupe, Florence Dombey, Charley, Tilly Slowboy,
and Agnes Wickfield.
As a companion volume to Ten Boys from Dickens, this book of girl-life,
portrayed by the great author, is offered. The sketches have the same underlying
motive as those of boy-life, and have been compiled in the same manner,
with the same purpose in view.Among them will be found several of the most
popular of the creations of Dickens, notably, The Marchioness, Little
Nell, Jenny Wren, and Florence Dombey, and it is hoped that in this presentation
as simple stories of girlhood, their classic form and beauty
may arouse in the young people of our day a new interest in the novels
from which they are taken. This volume and its companion will have accomplished
their purpose when they have won fresh laurels and a wider audience for
the famous writer to whom they are indebted for their existence. K.D.S.
Modern reprint editions
|Jonathan Swift 1667-1745|
'Isaac Bickerstaff' Swift (1667-1745)
Jonathan Swift was born in Dublin, Ireland on 30 November 1667, second child and only son of Jonathan Swift and Abigaile Erick Swift. His father was dead before Jonathan, Junior was born, so the child's education was arranged by other relatives. Jonathan graduated from Trinity College, Dublin, in 1686 and then went to England to try his luck. He found a job as secretary to Sir William Temple, and it was in Sir William's household that he met Esther (Stella) Johnson and became her tutor. Now Sir William was an extremely important statesman of the day. He helped arrange the marriage of future British monarchs William and Mary. Anyway, Jonathan wrote a lot of stuff in between tutoring sessions, but unfortunately burned most of it. The writing that survives shows signs of the great satirist he was to become. But when Sir William died in 1699, Jonathan was left scrambling for a job and eventually ended up with several odd little Church positions back in Ireland. He became a very fashionable satiric writer as far as Dublin society was concerned. And now for one of my all-time favorite anecdotes. In the early 1700's, a man named John Partridge, a cobler by trade, took up printing almanacs to make some extra money. He challenged his readers to try their hands at prophecy and see if they could beat Partridge's own prophetic abilities. Well, Partridge had made some attacks on the Church of England, and in 1708, Jonathan decided to stand up for his employer. Using the name Isaac Bickerstaff, he prophesied "a trifle...[Partridge] will infallibly die upon the 29th of March next, about eleven at Night, of a raging fever." At the proper time, using another name, Jonathan announced the fulfillment of said prophecy. Partridge, in his next almanac, protested loudly that he was still alive, but no one believed him. The Stationer's Register had already removed his name from their rolls, and that was good enough for most people. Somewhere around 1716, some biographers say he married Stella Johnson, but there's no proof of this, and you'd think there'd be some sign if he had. Though they lived near each other for most of their lives, they were always very properly chaperoned and may very well have never been alone together. Gulliver's Travels was published in 1726, Jonathan's first big dive into prose. Though it's been pretty solidly labeled a children's book, it's also a great satire of the times that is pretty much beyond most children. It shows Jonathan's desire to encourage people to read deeper and not take things for granted: readers who paid attention could match all of Gulliver's tall tales with current events and long-term societal problems. In 1729, Jonathan wrote one of my favorites, A Modest Proposal, supposedly written by an intelligent and objective "political arithmetician" who had carefully studied Ireland before making his proposal. Most of you probably know this one. The author calmly suggests one solution for both the problem of overpopulation and the growing numbers of undernourished people: breed those children who would otherwise go hungry or be mistreated in order to feed the general public. Jonathan died on 19 October 1745, aged 78. He hadn't been in a good frame of mind for some time. He managed to keep some of his sense of humor, though--his last will and testament provided funds to establish somewhere around Dublin a hospital for "ideots & lunaticks" because "No Nation wanted [needed] it so much."
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