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O'BRIEN, Frederick: Atolls of the Sun
O'BRIEN: White Shadows in the South Seas ~ 1919
O'NEIL, Owen Rowe: Adventures in Swaziland
OEMLER, Marie Conway ~ A Woman Named Smith 1919 G&D  Illustration on frontispiece with caption that reads, " Sophy," he said, " I have found the lost key of Hynds House."
OEMLER, Marie Conway   A Woman Named Smith
OGDEN, George Washington   The Duke of Chimney Butte
OLMSTEAD, Millicent   The Land of Never Was
O'NEIL: Adventures in Swaziland
OPPENHEIM, E. Phillips   Mr. Grex of Monte Carlo
OPPENHEIM, E. Phillips   The Double Traitor
OPPENHEIM, E. Phillips   The Great Impersonation
OPPENHEIM: The Great Impersonation
OPPENHEIM, E. Phillips   The Kingdom of the Blind
OPPENHEIM: Kingdom of the Blind
OPPENHEIM, E. Phillips   The Master Mummer
OPPENHEIM: The Master Mummer
OPPENHEIM, E. Phillips   The Profiteers
OPPENHEIM, E. Phillips   The Way of These Women
OPPENHEIM, E. Phillips   The Way of These Women
OVERTON, Grant   American Nights Entertainment
OVERTON, Grant   Cargoes for Crusoes
OVERTON, Grant   When Winter Comes to Main Street
Frederick O'Brien
Atolls of the Sun ~ 1922  Grosset & Dunlap, 508 pages
Atolls of the Sun is a book about experiences in the strange and lonely islands of the South Seas. O'Brien gathered these impressions as he wandering around the Pacific Ocean. He lived with savage and singular races among wonderful lagoons of the coral atolls, and poignant valeys of islands." A wonderful story of the Islands before they were spoiled and settled. ILLUSTRATIONS: *Beach Road, a Josephite Missionary, his wife and their church, *Beach dancers at Tahiti, *A village maid in Tahiti, *A Samoan maiden of high caste, *Le Brunnee, hie wife and friend, *Packing Copra, *Te Ipu, an old Marquesan chief showing his tattooing. 

White Shadows in the South Seas ~ 1919
O'Brien visited the Marquesas in the early 1900s, shortly after the death of Gauguin, and wrote a fascinating book about the beauty of the isles and the unintentional devastation of a way of life. His work echoes many modern concerns about the effect of "civilization" on the quality of life for human beings. It was one of the first non-fiction books to be adapted to a feature film (the MGM production starring Monte Blue and Raquel Torres)
Modern reprint editionCONTENTS:
1:: Farewell to Papeite beach; at sea in the Morning Star; Darwin's theory of the continent that sank beneath the waters of the South Seas.
2:  The trade-room of the Morning Star; Lying Bill Pincher; M. L'Hermier des Plantes, future governor of the Marquesas; story of McHenry and the little native boy, His Dog.
3: Thirty-seven days at sea; life of the sea birds; strange phosphorescence; first sight of Fatu-hiva; history of the islands; chant of the Raiateans.
4: Anchorage of Taha-Uka; Exploding Eggs, and his engagement as valet; inauguration of the new governor; dance on the palace lawn.
5: First night in Atuona valley; sensational arrival of the Golden Bed; Titihuti's tattooed legs.
6: Visit of Chief Seventh Man Who Is So Angry He Wallows in the Mire; journey to Vait-hua on Tahuata island; fight with the devil-fish; story of a cannibal feast and the two who escaped.
7: Idyllic valley of Vait-hua; the beauty of Vanquished Often; bathing on the beach; an unexpected proposal of marriage.
8: Communal life; sport in the waves; fight of the sharks and the mother whale; a day in the mountains; death of Le Capitane Halley; return to Atuona.
9: The Marquesans at ten o'clock mass; a remarkable conversation about religions and Joan of Arc in which Great Fern gives his idea of the devil.
10: The marriage of Malicious Gossip; matrimonial customs of the simple natives; the domestic difficulties of Haabuani.
11: Filling the popoi pits in the season of the breadfruit; legend of the mei; the secret festival in a hidden valley.
12: A walk in the jungle; the old woman in the breadfruit tree; a night in a native hut on the mountain.
13: The household of Lam Kai Oo; copra making; marvels of the coconut groves; the sagacity of pigs; and a crab that knows the laws of gravitation.
14: Visit of Le Moine; the story of Paul Gauguin; his house, and a search for his grave beneath the white cross of Calvary.
15: Death of Aumia; funeral chant and burial customs; causes for the death of a race.
16: A savage dance, a drama of the sea, of danger and feasting; the rape of the lettuce.
17: A walk to the Forbidden Place; Hot Tears, the hunchback; the story of Behold the Servant of the Priest, told by Malicious Gossip in the cave of Enamoa.
18: A search for rubber trees on the plateau of Ahao; a fight with the wild white dogs; story of an ancient migration, told by the wild cattle hunters in the Cave of the Spine of the Chinaman.
19: A feast to the men of Motopu; the making of kava, and its drinking; the story of the Girl Who Lost Her Strength.
20: A journey to Taaoa; Kahuiti, the cannibal chief, and his story of an old war caused by an unfaithful woman.
21: The crime of Huahine for love of Weaver of Mats; story of Tahia's white man who was eaten; the disaster that befell Honi, the white man who used his harpoon against his friends.
22: The memorable game for the matches in the coconut grove of Lam Kai Oo.
23: Mademoiselle N--.
24: A journey to Nuka-hiva; the story of the celebration of the fête of Joan of Arc, and the miracles of the white horse and the girl.
25: America's claim to the Marquesas; adventures of Captain Porter in 1812; war between Haapa and Tai-o-hae, and the conquest of Typee valley.
26: A visit to Typee; story of the old man who returned too late.
37: Journey on the Roberta; the winged cockroaches; arrival at a Swiss paradise in the valley of Oomoa.
28: Labor in the South Seas; some random thoughts on the "survival of the fittest."
29: The white man who danced in Oomoa Valley; a wild-boar hunt in the hills; the feast of the triumphant hunters and a dance in honor of Grelet.
30: A visit to Hanavave; Père Olivier at home; the story of the last battle between Hanahouua and Oi, told by the sole survivor; the making of tapa cloth, and the ancient garments of the Marquesans.
31: Fishing in Hanavave; a deep-sea battle with a shark; Red Chicken shows how to tie ropes to sharks' tails; night-fishing for dolphins, and the monster sword-fish that overturned the canoe; the native doctor dresses Red Chicken's wounds and discourses on medicine.
32: A journey over the roof of the world to Oomoa; an encounter with a wild woman of the hills.
33: Return in a canoe to Atuona; Tetuahunahuna relates the story of the girl who rode the white horse in the celebration of the fête of Joan of Arc in Tai-o-hae; Proof that sharks hate women; steering by the stars to Atuona beach.
34: Sea sports; curious sea-foods found at low tide; the peculiarities of centipedes and how to cook and eat them.
35: Court day in Atuona; the case of Daughter of the Pigeon and the sewing machine; the story of the perfidy of Drink of Beer and the death of Earth Worm who tried to kill the governor.
36; The madman Great Moth of the Night; story of the famine and the one family that ate pig.
37: A visit to the hermit of Taha-Uka valley; the vengeance that made the Scallamera lepers; and the hatred of Mohuto.
38: Last days in Atuona; My Darling Hope's letter from her son.
39: The chants of departure; night falls on the Land of the War Fleet.
Released in 2001 with co-authors: Carol Resnik and Mike Resnick 

South Pacific Adventures. 1920.  2 vols. NY: The Century Co.
The Pacific Islands 
Atolls Of The Sun 
Sky-pilots in the Paumotus 1921
Idylls Of The South Seas
Mystic Isles Of The South Seas
Online eText Edition
Ia Ora Na!: This is a simple record of my days and nights, my thoughts and dreams, in the mystic isles of the South Seas, written without authority of science or exactitude of knowledge. These are merely the vivid impressions of my life in Tahiti and Moorea, the merriest, most fascinating world of all the cosmos; of the songs I sang, the dances I danced, the men and women, white and tawny, with whom I was joyous or melancholy; the adventures at sea or on the reef, upon the sapphire lagoon, and on the silver beaches of the most beautiful of tropics. In this volume are no discoveries unless in the heart of the human. I went to the islands below the equator with one thought—to play. All that I have set down here is the profit of that spirit. The soul of man is afflicted by the machine he has fashioned through the ages to achieve his triumph over matter. In this light chronicle I would offer the reader an anodyne for a few hours, of transport to the other side of our sphere, where are the loveliest scenes the eyes may find upon the round of the globe, the gentlest climate of all the latitudes, the most whimsical whites, and the dearest savages I have known. 
“Mystic Isles of the South Seas” precedes in experience my former book, “White Shadows in the South Seas,” and will be followed by “Atolls of the Sun,” which will be the account of a visit to, and a dwelling on, the blazing coral wreaths of the Dangerous Archipelago, where the strange is commonplace, and the marvel is the probability of the hour. These three volumes will cover the period I spent during three journeys with the remnants of the most amazing of uncivilized races, whose discovery startled the old world, and whom another generation will cease to know. Tirara! Maru-tané. Kaoha, Sausalito, California. 
In this book the reader may be tempted to stumble over some foreign words. I have put them in only when necessary, to give the color and rhythm of Tahiti. The Tahitian words are very easily pronounced and they are music in the mouth of any one who sounds them properly. Every letter and syllable is pronounced plainly. The letters have the Latin value and if one will remember this in reading, the Tahitian words will flow mellifluously. For instance, “tane” is pronounced “tah-nay,” “maru” is pronounced “mah-ru.” “Tiare” is “tee-ah-ray.” The Tahitian language is dying fast, as are the Tahitians. Its beauties are worth the few efforts necessary for the reader to scan them. ~ Frederick O’Brien. 

Frederick O'Brien, in his introduction to Atolls of the Sun in 1919, wrote: "It is for those who stay at home yet dream of foreign places that I have written this book, . . . In its pages there is little of profound research, . . .such expectation was far from my thoughts when I sailed from Papeite on the Morning Star. I went to see what I should see, and to learn whatever should be taught me by the days as they came . . ." He was a journalist with a successful but checkered career, O'Brien was in his mid-forties when he made the original trip to the South Seas just before the start of World War II. He was likely surprised when White Shadows became a best-seller in 1919, and doubly surprised when the book was sought by MGM to become possibly the first non-fiction book to be adapted to a feature film (starring Monte Blue and Raquel Torres).

O'Brien went on to write two more South Sea books, Mystic Isles of the South Seas and Atolls of the Sun. Although these were well received, and equal in literary quality, they never achieved the popularity of White Shadows which sparked a 20s and 30s wave of interest in the South Sea islands as a travel destination or a place to escape from the "civilized" world.

Marie Conway Oemler
A Woman Named Smith 1919 G&D  Illustration on frontispiece with caption that reads, " Sophy," he said, " I have found the lost key of Hynds House."


Slippy McGee.  Published by the Century Co , 1920 N& 405 pages
The title page states that Slippy McGee is "Sometimes known as the butterfly Man"
Film: Slippy McGee 1923
The Purple Heights 1920
Online eText Edition:
The Butterfly Man 1918
Johnny Reb 1929 Century
His Wife-In-Law 1925 G&D
George Washington Ogden
The Duke of Chimney Butte ~ 1920 ~ G&D ~ Frontispiece by P.V.E. Ivory ~ Adapted to a Frank Borzage film in 1921 with Fred Stone and Vola Vale 
Film Summary:
While trying to sell a mechanical contrivance that peels potatoes, opens cans, pulls nails, etc., young Lambert stumbles on a band of cowboys at supper on a cattle ranch. He quickly wins their admiration by his valorous feats and becomes one of their leaders, revealing himself as an expert horseman. He obtains a job as aide and protector of Vesta Philbrook, who is trying to manage a ranch despite the constant raids of cattle rustlers. "The Duke," however, launches a campaign against the cattle thieves, and in a series of hair-raising adventures, with the aid of his friend Taters, he breaks up the gang and kills the leaders, headed by Kerr, then captures the love of Vesta. 

Millicent Olmstead
The Land of Never Was 

Owen Rowe O'Neil
Adventures in Swaziland ~ 1923 ~ the story of a South African Boer. New York: Century Co.; xii, 381 p., illustrated.
E. Phillips Oppenheim ~ 1866-1946
The Double Traitor
The Great Impersonation
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Mr. Grex of Monte Carlo ~ 1915 Little Brown 
The Kingdom of the Blind ~ 1916: Boston, Little Brown. ~ A story of espionage during World War 1.
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The Master Mummer
The Profiteers
The Way of These Women (2)
Mr. Grek of Monte CarloMr. Grek of Monte Carlo

The Illustrious Prince 1910: Boston, Little Brown. 
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The Malefactor  American title of "Mr. Wingrave, Millionaire
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A Millionaire of Yesterday ~ Two men, one old, one young, go on an African expedition. They agree that, should one of them die, the other will get everything.
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A Vanished Messenger   Details of a train ride and the meeting of two strangers.
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The Yellow Crayon ~ A detective story that sees Mr. Sabin, newly un-retired, solving the disappearance of his wife.
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The Hillman
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The Black Box -- 1915
The Master Mummer -- 1915
Mr. Grex of Monte Carlo -- 1915
The Game of Liberty -- 1916
The World's Great Snare -- 1916
The Court of St. Simon -- 1917
The Great Awakening -- 1917 Released as "A Sleeping Memory"
Master of Men -- 1917
The Hillman -- 1917 Released as "In the Balance"
The Cinema Murder -- 1920
The Malefactor -- 1919
The Illustrious Prince -- 1919
The Long Arm of Mannister -- 1919
The Golden Web -- 1920
The Great Impersonation -- 1921
Jeanne of the Marshes -- 1921 Released as "Behind the Masks"
The Mystery of Mr. Bernard Brown -- 1921
The Mystery Road -- 1921
The Missioner -- 1922
A Lost Leader -- 1922

Expiation -- 1922
False Evidence -- 1922
The Great Prince Shan -- 1924
The Hillman -- 1924 Released as "Behold This Woman"
The Ex-Duke -- 1926
The Golden Web -- 1926
The Inevitable Millionaires -- 1926 Released as "Millionaires"
The Passionate Quest -- 1926
The Temptation of Tavernake -- 1928
Released as "Sisters of Eve"
The Lion and the Lamb -- 1931
Jeanne of the Marshes -- 1931 Released as "Behind the Mask"
DThe Lion and the Lamb -- 1931
Midnight Club -- 1933
Monte Carlo Nights -- 1934
The Great Impersonation -- 1935
Amazing Adventure -- 1937 with Cary Grant 
Based on "The Amazing Quest of Ernest Bliss"
The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent -- 1936 Released as "Strange Boarders"
The Great Impersonation -- 1942 Directed by John Rawlins
Cover of Time Magazine September 12, 1927
E. Phillips Oppenheim was born in London, England on October 22nd, 1866. He left school at the age of seventeen to help at his father's leather business. However, a U.S. company bought the business, and Oppenheim was able to pursue his writing career. Writing novels, short stories, magazine articles, translations, and plays, Oppenheim's works total over 150. Calling himself the "prince of storytellers," he is considered one of the originators of the thriller genre. He wrote some of his novels using the pseudonym "Anthony Partridge." Oppenheim died in 1946. He was a  fellow Argosy All-Story Weekly contributor

Prince of Storytellers
Alphabetical List of 188 Books by E. Phillips Oppenheim

Grant Martin Overton

American Nights Entertainment 1923 ~ J.J. Little & Ives Co, Appleton, Doran, Doubleday, Scribner's 
Cargoes for Crusoes 1924  Little Brown, Boston ~ Photo portraits of several writers. From Melville Davisson Post and E. Phillips Oppenheim to Edith Wharton and E. V. Lucas, Overton recommends must reading for that fabled desert island 
Chapter One Online Text:
When Winter Comes to Main Street ~ 1922 ~ black & white portraits. Biographical & literary sketches of some of the truly great writers of genius of the early 20th century 
Frank Swinnerton: A non fiction book by Arnold Bennett, Grant Overton and H G Wells  (1920)
Philosophy of Fiction ~ 1928 ~ NY: Appleton
Why Authors Go Wrong and Other Explanations ~ 1919 ~ Moffat, Yard
Authors of the Day: Studies in Contemporary Literature ~ 1924 ~ NY: Doran



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