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Octavus Roy Cohen 1891-1959
Polished Ebony 1919 Ayer Co or 1923 Dodd, Meade, Co.  with illustrations by H. Weston Taylor ~ A parody of Black life with exaggerated dialects.


Assorted Chocolates 1922
The Other Tomorrow 1927
Midnight: 1921 eBook Text:
Colliers Dec. 25, 1943: part 3 of "Romance in the First Degree"

Characters: Florian Slappey: Created by Octavus Roy Cohen (1891-1959)
Ref: From Kevin Burton Smith's Thrilling Detective Website at:
One of the first black eyes, and one of the first eyes, period, Florian Slappey was a tall, slim drink of water, a "colored gentleman," something of a clotheshorse, who decides to leave his hometown of "Bumminham", Alabama, for the bright lights and big city of Harlem. Not that he seems to have been particularly well-received, since characters seem to frequently tell him "The onliest thing I got for you is no use." Florian's adventures were related in a string of short stories, most of which made their debut in The Saturday Evening Post. With titles like "A Bounce of Prevention" and "Ham and Exit," it's obvious we were supposed to find him amusing. But he was "little more than a caricature," according to Edward D. Hoch in The Whodunit. Then again, William DeAndrea, in Encyclopedia Mysteriosa, finds Slappey "a decent, if bumbling detective, and his cases are well enough constructed to stand up, if the reader can overlook the predjudices of an earlier age."  Slappy made several appearances in short stories in the Saturday Evening Post, where much of author Octavus Roy Cohen's other work was also published. His Jim Hanvey, Detective (1923), featuring his Jabba the Hutt-like country private detective, Jim Hanvey, and Scrambled Yeggs (1934) are pretty good examples of an attempt to find an American style of mystery. There are two Collections: Florian Slappey Goes Abroad (1928) and  Florian Slappey (1938) plus many short stories

The Big Gamble (1931) Writer
The Kaiser's Shadow, or the Triple Cross 1917: Based on the serial story "The Triple Cross" by Octavus Roy Cohen, J. U. Giesy in All-Story Weekly (30 Mar-20 Apr 1918).Summary: On the day of his marriage to Dorothy Robinson, Clement Boyd, the inventor of a powerful new rifle, is kidnapped by German agent Paula Harris and taken to the home of master spy William Kremlin. Another agent, Hugo Wagner, brings Dorothy to the mysterious house to witness Clement's execution, should he fail to deliver the design of his weapon to Kremlin. Frederick Fischer, one of Kremlin's men, searches Clement, but the plans are nowhere to be found, having been concealed by Paula, who actually works for the French government. While Fischer is threatening to inoculate Clement with a deadly form of bacteria, Paula goes to retrieve the plans but finds them missing. Just before the needle pierces Clement's arm, United States Secret Service forces arrive in a raid that Paula had arranged earlier. Hugo, who, unknown to Paula, serves in the Secret Service, pursues the fleeing Kremlin, and when his gun  jams, Paula shoots the German. With the plans safely in the possession of American agents, Hugo and Paula confess their love for each other.
The Eyes of Mystery 1918  Based on the short story "The House in the Mist" by Octavus Roy Cohen, John U. Giesy in People's Magazine (10 Aug 1917). Summary: Carma Carmichael, who lives with her uncle Quincy, is kidnapped by her renegade father Roger and taken to his ancestral Southern home. Uncle Quincy sends young Jack Carrington to investigate and goes into hiding, leading the Carmichaels to believe he is dead. Carma is at first suspicious of Jack's intentions but soon learns that the man who abducted her is actually an impostor who had murdered her father and now lives in the plantation with a group of thugs. Despite "Roger's" attempts to take Jack's life, the young man incites the thugs against him and they attack the house. Uncle Quincy arrives with a posse, and after their rescue, Carma and Jack embrace.

Play: "Come Seven" Broadhurst Theatre, (1920.07.19)

Octavus Roy Cohen was born in Charleston, South Carolina in 1891. He graduated from Clemson College in 1911, from Birmingham-Southern College in 1927, and practiced law in South Carolina for two years. Cohen worked at various times for the newspapers Birmingham Ledger, Charleston News and Courier, Bayonne Times (New Jersey), and the Newark Morning Star. He authored more than 50 novels, detective mysteries, and books of short stories, more than 20 motion picture screenplays, and at least one stage drama (Come Seven, 1920). He contributed short stories to The Saturday Evening Post, Colliers, and other magazines. Cohen is best known for his detective fiction and for dozens of comic stories about African Americans. These stories, set in Birmingham, Alabama, featured uncouth characters and exaggerated black dialect. Cohen lived variously in South Carolina, Alabama, New York, and California. He died in Los Angeles in 1959.

American author of humorous Negro fiction and detective stories. Born of Jewish parents in Charleston, S.C., he graduated from Clemson College in 1911. He worked as a newspaperman before being admitted to the South  Carolina bar in 1913. He was married the following year and had one son. In 1915 he abandoned the law to write fiction. A regular contributor to The Saturday Evening Post and other popular magazines for many years, Cohen is chiefly noted for his Negro dialect fiction. Two of his well-known characters are unusual detec- ives. Florian Slappey, known as the Beau Brummell of Birmingham, Ala., is a tall, slender, immaculately dressed sport described as "a sepia gentleman." He knows (and is known by) everybody in his home- town. He then sets out to conquer New York's Harlem. His humorous adventures are told in Florian Slappey Goes Abroad (1928) and Florian Slap pey (1938).  James H. (Jim) Hanvey, who is white, is a private detective who has more friends in the underworld than in legitimate circles. Gargantuan, with several chins and short fat legs that cause him to waddle when he walks, he spends most of his time sitting with his shoes off and resting. His chief exercise is fondling a gold toothpick that hangs from a chain across his chest. He befriends criminals who have gone straight but is "the terror of crooks from coast to coast" when on a case. The stories about the gross and uncouth, if amiable, detective are found in Jim Hanvey, Detective (1923), "Free and Easy" in Detours (1927), and Scrambled Yeggs (1934). Cohen was also the author of  The Crimson Alibi (1919), a popular mystery novel and a success on the New York stage.

Play and Film In 1920, Cohen's play Come Seven, starring Earle Foxe as Slappey, ran for seventy-two performances on Broadway. Cohen's country detective, Jim Hanvey, was featured in one film:  Jim Hanvey, Detective, Republic,  1937. Guy Kibbee, Tom Brown, Lucie Kaye, Edward  Brophy.  Directed by Phil Rosen.  Hanvey cuts short a  hunting trip to investigate the theft of an emerald necklace that was actually hidden by a young reporter friend as a
publicity stunt; but before long the gems are really stolen.
Cohen was a contributor to Argosy All-Story Weekly pulp magazine
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Padraic Colum  1881 - 1972
The Island of the Might

Orpheus Myths of the World: 1930  MacMillan Illustrated by twenty engravings by Boris Artzybasheff (1899-1965). Artzybasheff is renowned for his Time magazine covers.
The Wild Earth and Other Poems ~ 1916 ~ by Henry Holt and C
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The Golden Fleece And The Heroes Who Lived Before Achilles
The King Of Ireland's Son
The Trojan War and the Adventures of OdysseusThe perfect introduction to The Iliad and The Odyssey, two of the cornerstones of Western literature. All of the glories of Homer's world--from the mysterious Wooden Horse to Helen, whose beauty launched a thousand ships, to the fearsome one-eyed Cyclops--are here, refashioned into one seamless tale of adventure by three-time Newbery Honor winner Padraic Colum. Beautifully enhanced by Barry Moser's twelve bold, evocative color plates, this handsome book will stir the imagination of young and old alike.
A classic retelling of ancient myth for younger readers by a preeminent poet and illustrator.

Autographed Poem signed: "Padraic Colum/6th Nov 1945",  "And if we look at them we say/'Those long-stalked always opened flowers --/Unsurely do we know their name/Whil Pale as the whimple of a nun,/or fresh as in an order changed/These [illegible] or Pinks of Gilly-flowers'". The Irish poet, dramatist and writer of children's books is best known for his lyric poems, including "The Plougher" and "An Old Woman of the Roads", which first appeared in Wild Earth, his first book of verse (1907), and "She Moved Through the Fair" (1916).
Padraic Colum: Colum was born in Longford, where his father was workhouse master, on 8 December 1881. At seventeen he became a clerk in the Irish Railway Clearing House in Dublin, but left in 1904 determined to make a living through writing. His first poems appeared in The United Irishman, edited by Arthur Griffith. The Saxon Shillin' (1902) won a competition for a play to discourage young Irishmen from joining the British army. Colum acted with the new Irish National Theatre Society, but after his play Broken Soil was staged in 1903, he concentrated on writing. He was one of the founders of the Abbey Theatre, where his realistic peasant drama The Land (1905) was an early success. Thomas Muskerry (1910) was also staged by the Abbey, but thereafter Colum failed to fulfil his early promise as a dramatist. His first book of verse, Wild Earth, appeared in 1907, with lyric poems like 'The Plougher', 'A Drover' and 'An Old Woman of the Roads'. He married in 1912, and in 1914 the Colums sailed to America, soon entering New York literary circles. Colum began to write children's stories for the Sunday Tribune, which led to a collection, The King of lreland's Son (1916), followed over theyears by the many children's books which overshadowed his other work. New poems appeared in an American edition of Wild Earth (1916), including tlhe popular 'She Moved Through the Fair'. In 1922 the Hawaiian legislature commissioned Colum to write for children the islands' folklore, three volumes resulting from his visit. A book of verse, Dramatic Legends (1922), was followed by his first novel, Castle Conquer (1923), set in an impoverished nineteenth century, as was The Flying Swans (1937). Of the later collections of verse, Irish Elegies (1958) is interesting for its portraits of Roger Casement, Griffith, James Joyce and others. The Colums lived in France in the early 1930s, Colum renewing an old friendship with Joyce, for whom he typed parts of Finnegans Wake. On returning to America, they both taught comparative literature at Columbia University, becoming US citizens in 1945.When Mary Colum died in 1957, Colum completed their anecdotal Our Friend James Joyce (1958). In 1959 he published Ourselves Alone, a biography of Griffith begun many years earlier. Colum died in Enfield, Connecticut, on 11 January 1972.
Irish poet, playwright. A founder of Irish Theater. Wrote "Wild Earth", "The Betrayal". Compiled "An Anthology of Irish  Poetry" (1921). ALS, postal card, June 2, no year. He will be "very glad to autograph your copy of "Wild Earth". I was ill the evening of your  banquet and so I could not be with you to my great regret. I want to make the acquaintance of the Cameo Club, and when I am in New York next week I hope I may call on you." Colum's book of verse, "Wild Earth", was published in 1907.

Short Bio

Columbian Exposition in Chicago 1893
Official Views of the Columbian Exposition - Dept of Photo. 1893
Part of an extended chapter of the ERB bio 
Ed Burroughs' Remarkable Summer of 1893

COLUMBUS ~ Columbus Series
Babs at College ~ 1920 ~ Philadelphia: Penn Publishing,
Babs at Home 1921

Babs 1917
Babs at Birchwood 1919

COMPOSITION: New Handbook of Composition
Harriet T. Comstock

Molly the Drummer Boy: A Story of the Revolution. 1900. Philadelphia: Henry Altemus Company,
The story of a young girl, bound to a cruel family in Plymouth in Massachusetts who runs away in and joins the Revolutionary Army both to help the cause of freedom and to find her father. Half-tone illustrations by Curtis Wager-Smith. A title in the 'Altemus Dainty Series.'
Molly, the Drummer Boy (1900) 
A Boy of a Thousand Years Ago (1902) 
Janet of the Dunes (1908) 
Joyce of the North Woods (1911) 
A Son of the Hills (1913) 
The Place Beyond the Winds (1914) 
The Vindication (1917) 
Mam'selle Jo: A Novel of the St. Lawrence Country (1918) 
Unbroken Lines (1919) 
The Shield of Silence (1921) 
At the Crossroads (1922) 
Gutenberg Editions

Harriet Theresa Comstock was an American novelist and author of children's books. She was born in 1860 in Nichols, New York, and educated in Plainfield, New Jersey. In 1885, she married to Philip Comstock of Brooklyn, New York. Her books were sold widely and she was a very popular author.
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John Cook
Cook's Voyages (1902)
Marjorie Benton Cooke  November 27, 1876 - April 26, 1920
Cinderella Jane 1917 A.L. Burt

Dual AllianceThe Dual Alliance  ~ 1915 ~ Doubleday
The Mad Marriage 1921 movie based on the novel Cinderella Jane
Film Summary: Jerry, a struggling young artist in Greenwich Village, marries a studio helper, Jane Judd, an aspiring playwright, knowing that she will not interfere with his work. She takes part in a pageant for which Jerry designs the costumes and attracts the attention of Christiansen, a young playwright with whom she works secretly on a play. After the birth of their child, Jerry and Jane become closer, but he is violently jealous of her accompanying Christiansen to the successful opening of his play and offers her a divorce. However, their child's illness brings them back together.

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Bambi: 1914 Illustrated
By Faith Alone: and Nicoletta: Monologues by Marjorie Benton Cooke ~ Reprinted from More Modern Monologues. Marjorie Benton Cooke. Chicago: Dramatic Publishing Co., 1907.
Married? 1921Doubleday, Page & Co

"Is Yo'? Yo' Is" (1905)

To Little Dorothy Johnstone
Words by Marjorie Benton Cooke
Music by Carrie Jacobs-Bond, 1862-1946

Is yo' de li'l coon dat comes a-knockin' at my do',
An' when I gives yo' what yo' want, yo' always wants some mo'?
Is yo? Is yo?
Is yo' de li'l coon dat always wants a snack,
An' 'fo' yo' get yo'r cone pone done yo' comes a-beggin' back?
Is yo'? Is yo'?


Is yo' de li'l coon dat's always tumblin' down,
An' yell so loud yo' mammy tink yo' done gone broke yo' crown?
Is yo'? Is yo'?
Is yo' de li'l coon wid such a sleepy haid
Dat clim' up in yo'r mammy's arms an' want to go to baid?
Is yo'? Is yo'?

Is yo' de li'l coon dat yo' mammy rock to res',
De one dat in de whole wide worl' yo' mammy lub de bes',
Is yo'? Is yo'?
Is yo'?
Is yo'?
Yo' is!

IMDB Filmography

Marjorie Benton Cooke (Writer) b. Richmond, IN 1876  d. 4/26/20  Wrote four silent films from 1920 to 1926, three based  on her novels, "The Incubus", "The Girl Who Lived in the Woods" and "Cinderella Jane". The films were re- titled, "Her Husband's Friend", "Little Fraid Lady" and "The Mad Marriage".
Novelist and playwright, Marjorie Benton Cooke was born on 27 November, 1876, in Richmond, Indiana. She was the daughter of Joseph H. and Jessie Benton Cooke. Her father was a salesman and had once served as treasurer for the city of Richmond. Marjorie attended preparatory schools in Detroit and Chicago before entering the University of Chicago.

Not long after her graduation in 1899, she became a successful recitalist of original monologues and sketches. By 1909 she was being called "the cleverest reader of monologues in America". It was also around this time that she began writing one-act plays and poetry. In 1905 she wrote the lyrics to the ditty "Is Yo'? Yo' Is!". Her first book, "The Girl Who Lived in the Woods", was published in 1910 and was followed by "To Mother" (1911), "Dr. David" (1911), "Bambi" (1914), "The Incubus" (1915), "The Duel Alliance" (1915) "Cinderella Jane" (1917) and "The Cricket" (1919). In 1936 her book for young adults, "Bambi" (not the story with Thumper), was serialized on radio starring Helen Hayes. Cooke had also authored a number of popular short stories that appeared in magazines and several plays and screenplays before her career was tragically cut short.

Marjorie Benton Cooke died at the age of 43 on April 26 1920, at Manila, after coming down with pneumonia during an around the world cruise with her mother. Her father had passed away four years earlier in New York City.

Jim Corbett
The Maneaters of Kumayal?- Jim Corbet's tigers -
Man-eaters of Kumaon Oxford 1946 1st American Edition
Story of Jim Corbett, a great tracker who can communicate with tigers, his inner vision drives him to hunt the man eating tigers because he has to choose between the tigers killing his friends or allowing the tigers to live.
Ed penciled reading sessions of books on end papers
The Temple Tiger and More Man-Eaters of Kumaon by Jim Corbett. Reprint. New Delhi, Oxford University Press, 2000, 171 pages
Contents: 1. The temple tiger. 2. The muktesar man-eater. 3. The panar man-eater. 4. The chuka man-eater. 5. The talla des man-eater. Epilogue.
"This is the last of Jim Corbetts books on his unique and thrilling hunting experiences in the Indian Himalaya. Concluding the narrative begun in the famous Man-Eaters of Kumaon, Corbett here recounts five stories of skill and endurance. As always, he writes with an acute awareness of all the jungle sights and sounds, his words charged with a great love of the human beings that lay within his hunting terrain. Together with the modesty, calm and precision of his prose, these qualities make these stories very much a part of the classic Corbett corpus."
Edward James Corbett was born in 1875 of English ancestry in Kumaon, at the picturesque foothills of the Himalayas. His father, the postmaster in Naini Tal, died when Jim Corbett was four. It fell to Corbett's mother to raise and educate 12 children on a widow's meagre pension. His mother, Corbett recalled, "had the courage of Joan of Arc and Nurse Clavell combined."Corbett remembered his boyhood as a sort of forest idyll. Lying in his bed at night, he would listen to the sounds of the jungle. He learned to imitate the cries and calls of the animals so precisely that once, when he impersonated a leopard, a British hunter and a leopard crept toward him simultaneously.Corbett began hunting to help feed his family. He had to make every shell count. His gun was an ancient muzzle-loading shotgun whose one good barrel was lashed to the stock with wire. Corbett's shooting skill and encyclopedic knowledge of the surrounding jungle soon became well known. As early as 1906, requests come to him, begging that he track down a tiger or leopard that had preyed on humans.Corbett believed that animals that had struck under special conditions, such as protecting cubs or disturbed at a kill, should be given the benefit of doubt. He was only interested in habitual man-killers and consented to come only after two conditions had been met: that all offers of a reward were withdrawn, and that all other hunters had to leave the area. He wrote, "I am sure all sportsmen share my aversion to being classed as a reward-hunter and are as anxious as I to avoid being shot." Between 1906 and 1941, Corbett hunted down at least a dozen man-eaters. It is estimated that the combined total of men, women and children those 12 animals are thought to have killed before he stopped them was more than 1,500. His very first man-eater, the Campawat tiger, alone was responsible for 436 documented deaths. Corbett's reaction to his success as a hunter was invariably ambivalent. In the 1920s, Corbett became appalled at the ever-increasing number of hunters, British and Indian, in the forests. He was concerned about the view of jungles as a source of profit from timber rather than a sanctuary for wildlife. He began speaking to groups of schoolchildren about their natural heritage - electrifying blasé students by concluding his speech with the full-throated roar of a tiger. He helped create the Association for the Preservation of Game in the United Provinces, and the All-India Conference for the Preservation of Wild Life, and he established India's first national park, inaugurated in 1934 in the Kumaon Hills. By the mid-thirties, Corbett had almost entirely abandoned hunting and turned his attention to the challenge of capturing tigers on motion-picture film. When he found that the camera's whirr was disturbing the tigers, he dammed a stream so its gurgle would cover up the sound of the camera. He sat there every day day for four months until he was at rewarded with the appearance of seven tigers, which he caught on film. Corbett was 64 years old when World War II broke out. He volunteered to train Allied troops in the techniques of jungle survival, but the strain proved too much and he became very ill. Recuperating, he wrote Man-eaters of Kumaon, which became an international best-seller, was translated into 27 languages, and was almost universally praised by critics. After 1947, Corbett and his sister Maggie, to whom he had been devoted all his life, retired to Kenya, where he continued to write and sound the alarm about declining numbers of tigers and other wildlife. Jim Corbett died of a heart attack in 1955 and is buried in Africa. The national park he fought to establish in India was renamed in his honor two years later and is now nearly twice its original size. It is a favored place for visitors hoping to see a tiger.
Brewer Corcoran
The Princess Naida


"The Spirit of Christmas" - Boys' Life ~ December 1921 ~ Illus. by James Reynolds
"The Survival and the Fit"  ~ Boys' Life ~ March 1922Illus. by Leslie Crump
The Boy Scouts of Kendallville ~  illustrated by Charles E. Meister. 1918
The Boy Scouts of the Wolf Patrol ~  illustrated by John Goss. 1920
The Boy Scouts at Camp Lowell ~  illustrated by Charles Livingston Bull. 1922

Hughes Cornell
Born Rich 1924 A.L. Burt & Co ~ 307 pp
A California fiction Romance Novel. A movie was made after the book in 1924 that featured a cast of William Burton, Clair Windsor, and Doris Kenyon.

Film Adaptation 1924 Based on the novel Born Rich by Hughes Cornell (Philadelphia, c1924).:
Summary: After Chadyeane Fairfax leaves her palatial home and fast friends to visit an aunt in France, her husband, Jimmy, falls for Frances Melrose, a flapper and goodtime girl. When Chad returns, she learns of Jimmy's indiscretions and, in order to excite his jealousy and renew his interest in her, she pretends to be infatuated with Jack Le Moyne, a jazz hound. This attitude serves only to drive Jimmy to drink and further indiscretions. 

After several years of separation, Jimmy suddenly discovers that he has been cheated by his financial advisor, Magnin, and that he is broke. Filled with renewed purpose rather than remorse, Jimmy is reconciled with Chad, only to discover that he has been saved from bankruptcy by a Major Murphy.

Samuel Woodworth Cozzens 1834-1878
The Marvelous Country: Three Years in Arizona and New Mexioc, the Apache's Home ~ 1873   Shepard and Gill, Boston. (pp. 409-413). Contains near-death experiences. ERB cites this as one of the reference books he used in the writing of The War Chief


The Young Silver Seekers or Hal and Ned in the Marvelous Country: Completing the Young Trail Hunters' Series ~ 1882 ~ Boston: Lee And Shepard
Explorations & Adventures in Arizona & New Mexico ~ 532 pages
The Young Trail Hunters or the Wild Riders of the Plains
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Samuel Cozzens author, born in Marblehead, Massachusetts, 14 April, 1834; died in Thomaston, Georgia, 4 November, 1878. He was a lawyer, and for a time United States district judge of Arizona. His published works include" The Marvellous Country" (Boston, 1876); "The Young Trail-Hunters Series," comprising "The Young Trail-Hunters," "Crossing the Quicksands," and "The Young Silver-Seekers" (1876 et seq.); and "Nobody's Husband" (1878). ~

Cozzens visited New Mexico and Arizona barely in time to see new US Territories acquired in the Mexican War as they'd never be again. The Apache was more-or-less at peace with the white men. The Texas Confederates hadn't yet campaigned up the Rio Grande, causing Arizona to become a major conduit for men and materials. Gold hadn't yet been discovered in either of the two territories.Cozzens visited Tuscon, Tubac, Sacaton, Mesilla, Acoma, Laguna and Zuni at a time when they were still new from the US perspective. His descriptions of the people, the places and the times are well worth reading again and again. A grizzly bear attacks their mule in the Zuni Mountains. It must have been one of the last opportunities a mule had in New Mexico for such an experience. The book is loaded with that sort of thing. ~



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