|Laura E. Richards|
|Joan of Arc ~ 1924 ~ D. Appleton and Co. NY & London.
War Poster of interest
E. Richards (1850-1943), one of Gardiner, Maine's two Pulitzer Prize-winning
authors, was born in Boston to eminent parents, Dr. Samuel Gridley Howe,
founder of the Perkins School for the Blind; and Julia Ward Howe, social
reformer and lyricist of the "Battle Hymn of the Republic." In 1871, she
married Henry Richards (1848-1949), architect and industrialist, who returned
to Gardiner, Maine in 1876 to manage the family paper mills.Here she wrote
more than ninety works, mostly in the fields of children's literature and
biography, at the family's celebrated residence, the Yellow House. Following
the example of her parents, Mrs. Richards brought about social reforms
and civic improvements in Gardiner including the introduction of safe drinking
water, the public health nurse, the hospital, the Red Cross, a new high
school, and numerous serice organizations, including the Gardiner Public
Library. Her permanent contribution to world literature, in the opinion
of the Oxford anthology series editors, was that of nonsense verses, including
perennial favorites such as "Little John Bottlejohn," "Eletelephony," and
"The Poor Unfortunate Hottentot" - verses which "seemed to bubble up from
some spring of nonsense" in her own words. Her first publication was a
book of nonsense verses, Sketches and Scraps (1881). Other collections
included In My Nursery (1890), The Hurdy-Gurdy (1902), The Piccolo (1906),
and her final anthology which was in print until a decade ago, Tirra Lirra
(1932). As her own children grew up, she wrote short stories which interested
them. These juvenile books appeared as the Margaret Monfort series, the
Hildegarde series, and others. Captain January (1890), a best seller, was
twice made into movies, and the second time starred Shirley Temple. Among
her adult nonfiction works were a two-volume
biography of her father, Letters and Journal of Samuel Gridley Howe (1906-09);
a joint biography of her parents, Two Noble Lives (1911); and, most importantly,
the two-volume biography of her mother, Julia Ward Howe (1915), the first
biography to be honored by the Pulitzer Prize. In her own estimation, her
best works were two books of fables, The Golden Windows (1903) and The
Silver Crown (1906). In her autobiography, Stepping Westward (1931) she
recalls her other important work: the founding of the third boy's camp
in the nation, Camp Merryweather, whose campers grew up to become national
leaders and her literary mentorship of Gardiner's other Pulitzer Prize
winner, Edwin Arlington Robinson (1869-1935)."
More Web Trivia: "How many Pulitzer Prize winners - Who Spawned a Successful Film (Captain January) - Who Inked more than 50 Books - and Devoted her life to her Family and Community have also Passed into the Grey Fog of Time? How Sad"
Her mother wrote "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" and her Father established the Perkins Home for the Blind. When Laura E. Richards returned to Maine to raise her family and write her tales the conception of Children's Literature was at its Prime. She contributed tens of Stories to St. Nicholas Magazine (my favorite magazine - with one posted each week) She wrote stories both entertaining and with historic links to please and educate children (both her own and those who were exposed to her books) Begin with issues of St. Nicholas Magazine... then from there Discover Authors and Books which make today's Printings embarrassingly inadequate...It was a time when tales spurred a child's imagination and the Real World was kept at bay...Traditional tales spawned from every culture and Stories were passed through generations... The Conception of 'Fairy Tales' Traditional Stories passed through Generations has been supplanted by the latest Video Cartoon Character (fronting for a food company) The World of Child Wonder - Imagination - Fantasy have been Replaced by Instant Virtual Violence On the Screen on Playing on an X-Box...Here find a pairing of Two Wonderful Laura E. Richards volumes...They derive from a Topsham Maine Estate - And Topsham is a Mere 25-30 miles from Gardner, Maine the Home of Laura E. Richards...
|Grace S. Richmond 1866–1959|
|Foursquare ~ 1922
|Grace S. Richmond: (1866–1959). U.S. novelist and short-story writer best known for her straightforward romantic melodramas, many telling the story of the fictional hero Dr. Red Pepper Burns. She was the daughter of a Baptist clergyman, Grace Smith Richmond was born in Pawtucket, R.I., on March 31, 1866. She started her career writing short stories for various women's magazines.|
|Irving S. Richter|
Fairy tales are play forms. "Play," Richter says, "is the first creative utterance of man." "It is the highest form in which the native activity of childhood expresses itself," says Miss Blow. Fairy tales offer to the little child an opportunity for the exercise of that self-active inner impulse which seeks expression in two kinds of play, the symbolic activity of free play and the concrete presentation of types.
|Mary Roberts Rinehart 1876-1958|
|K, the Unknown ~ 1915 ~ Universal Jewell
Movie Cover, Frontispiece and 6 Internals
Love Stories The Works of Mary Roberts Rinehart (short stories) 1919 Duran ~
Roberts Rinehart: was born in Pittsburgh. US novelist, playwright.
She is best known for her mystery stories about Miss Pinkerton; originator
of the phrase "The butler did it." Apart from crime fiction she also
wrote plays, comic stories, and love stories.
Mary Roberts Rinehart 1876-1958
Mary Ella Roberts was born on August 12,1876 near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her parents, Tom and Cornelia were still living in his mother's house with five other family members. Shortly after her sister OLIVE was born, they moved into a home of their own just down the street. At fifteen, her career was foreshadowed when she had three short stories published in a local magazine for a dollar each. When she was seventeen, she applied to nursing school and also met a young doctor by the name of Stanley Marshall Rinehart. They married when she was nineteen. Mary found herself in the role of homemaker and a baby boy was soon on the way. Stanley Jr. was born in 1897. Her second son, Alan, arrived in 1900 and her third son, Ted, was born in 1902. One of the side effects of her pregnancies was constant nausea and she became very weak. Dr. Rinehart's half-brother, head of the hospital where she had been a nurse decided to try to feed her broiled lobster, bits at a time. By miracle this stayed down. This experience with lobsters served her well when she came to Bar Harbor. She had always loved to write and had many short stories published in magazines but she was too busy to do any serious writings. However, when the Rineharts suffered a $12,000.00 loss in the stock market, Mary began writing more to help out financially. Mary had also tried at writing plays. A few were Broadway hits, like Seven DAYS and The Bat. There were a few others that just did not make it.World War I affected Mary's life tremendously. She consented to go to England as a war correspondent for the Saturday Evening Post in January of 1915. England was full of journalists and Mary wanted to get to the front but her contacts told her there was nothing they could do to help. She then convinced the Belgian Red Cross to give her the proper credentials she needed and she promised to make the American people aware of the horrible conditions at the Belgian front. In 1921, her husband, Stanley Rinehart was appointed as a medical consultant to the Veteran's Bureau, so, they moved to Washington D.C.. They were soon caught up in the social and political scenes. Dr. Rinehart having grown frustrated with his government job and having arthritis which kept him from practicing surgery, resigned to open a private practice specializing in tuberculosis. Mary's latest book at the time, Lost Ecstasy, a romance, was very successful. Hollywood paid her $15,000.00 for the movie rights. I Take This Woman, starring Gary Cooper and Carole Lombard was released in 1931. Stanley Jr. and Ted, along with a friend John Farrar, started their own publishing company in 1929 and Mary Roberts Rinehart was one of their first authors. Dr. Rinehart handled the finances since Mary had a tendency to spend easily. She had invested in some ventures unwisely and the Crash of 1929 had hit them hard. Stanley blamed himself and Mary thought this aided in his declining health over the next few years. Dr. Rinehart died in 1932 with his family by his side. Mary continued to live in their Washington home, alone except for a few servants. One of these was Reyes, the Filipino cook, who always considered Dr. Rinehart his boss and was somewhat uneasy about taking orders from a woman-this attitude was to have bizarre consequences later. In 1934 Mary suffered a heart attack. This left her heart weak and she was mostly unable to climb stairs and get around her big house. She also missed the rest of the family. In 1935, she moved to an apartment in New York City. The Rineharts had been spending their summers at a ranch out west or vacationing in Florida or renting beach houses on the northeast coast. She was looking for a new summer place. She first came to Bar Harbor in 1935 and rented a cottage attached to one of the hotels. In 1936, she rented a house and in 1937 decided to buy Farview. This purchase gave Mary a new interest. Bar Harbor in 1937 was changing from the carefree life of earlier days. The beautiful sea, the mountains, and big cottages were still there but a lot of the large homes were for sale. Her 1945 book, The Yellow Room was in a Bar Harbor-like setting. In the summer of 1938 Mary had a lot of construction and landscaping done. The house was built around an open courtyard with a reflecting fish pond. High on a hill, the view of the bay was breathtaking. She moved into the house in 1939. She furnished it in light pastel colors and colorful upholstery. She had the architect put in a low-silled picture window in her bedroom so she could lie in bed and still see the water and islands. In 1938, Mary finished her fortieth book, The Wall, set in a disguised Bar Harbor filled with intrigue, murders and a love story. She considered this one of her best novels. The Saturday Evening Post agreed and paid her $65,000.00 for the serial rights. She had just finished it when, unfortunately, she had her most severe heart attack, putting her on oxygen for a time and nitroglycerine for the rest of her life. Mary, now in her mid-sixties was slowing down. She had just four books, along with some short stories and magazine articles during the war years of 1940-46. Her summers in Bar Harbor were now filled with friends, dinner parties and social events as her health improved. Her son Alan was recovering from pneumonia one year and the two of them would go sit in the sun at the top of Cadillac Mountain.The absence of her husband's handling of the finances were felt from time to time and at one point even put Farview up for sale. She could not let go of any of her servants. Farview was large and it was hard to find maids. She then hired a butler in the summer of 1947 and her Filipino cook, Reyes, was not happy about it. He had been with the Rineharts for 25 years and he was always highly praised for his skills. One day, Reyes, told Mary he was leaving. She was used to hearing this from him and paid it no mind. The next day, Mary found his wife,Peggy, a maid, crying. Peggy said Reyes had been drinking the night before and they had a fight when she refused to leave with him. Mary was reading in the library before lunch when Reyes came in. They spoke a few words when he pulled a gun from his pants pocket and pulled the trigger within point blank range of her face. Luckily, the gun misfired. He tried again and Mary leapt to her feet and ran. She entered the kitchen, Peggy, and Theodore Falkenstrom, her chauffeur, saw what was happening. Ted tackled the cook and grabbed the gun. Peggy ran to get the breathless Mary a nitroglycerine tablet and Ted went and threw the gun over a garden wall. The butler ran down the street to get help thinking he was the intended victim. As Mary was in the hall on her way to phone the police, she saw a young man standing outside the door. The boy said he was looking for a job as a gardener's assistant. "Young man," Mary said, "you'll have to come back later. There is a
man here trying to kill me." The boy never returned.As Mary stood at the phone, again in the library, Reyes came up behind her wielding a long carving knife in each hand. Ted and the gardener came running in and again knocked him down. Peggy sat on his chest,and Ted held his arms getting cut by the flailing knives. Finally, the police arrived and took Reyes away. Mary's son Alan flew up that night to be with his mother. The next morning he gave her the news that Reyes had hung himself in his jail cell. A Catholic priest allowed him to be buried in sacred ground since he was "Plainly of unsound mind." Mary had no anger against the long-time cook and paid for his funeral After all this, there was still more in store for Mary Roberts Rinehart and the town of Bar Harbor. The summer was very hot and dry, and in October a small grass fire turned into an inferno. More than 17,000 acres and almost 250 houses burnt including Mary's Farview.She wrote several more books, including a private memoir for her children before she succumbed to a final heart attack in 1958. While she lived in Bar Harbor the latter part of her life, her presence there has never left. Farview is located on Eden Street where the Wonder View Inn is now located. Still, the view from the hilltop is breathtaking and the grounds beautiful.
|Eliot H. Robinson|
|Mark Gray's Heritage
Smiling Pass ~ 1921 (Sequel To "Smiles A Rose Of The Cumberland") ~ Page Co., NY 1921. 389 pages, Illustrated by John Goss artwork ~ A further account of the career of "Smiles" A Rose of The Cumberlands.
The Man From Smiling Pass ~ 1924 L. C. Page & Co
The Maid of Mirabelle - A Romance of Lorraine ~ 1920 The Page Company ~ Illustrated with sketches made by the author.
|Regina Maria Roche|
|The Children of the Abbey ~ 1800/1816 ~ London: Lane, 1800 1816
Richard Scott, 1816 ~ 298 pages
|Regina Maria Roche
(nee. Dalton) is considered today to be a minor Gothic novelist who wrote
very much in the shadow of Ann Radcliffe. She was however a best seller
in her own time. the popularity of her third novel, The Children of the
Abbey, rivaled that of Ann Radcliffe’s The Mysteries of Udolpho. The Children
of Abbey was one of the period’s most popular novels, a sentimental
Gothic Romance. Her book, Clermont¸ was Roche’s only real attempt
at writing a truly Gothic novel, and is decidedly more ‘horrible’ than
anything else she wrote. Both novels went through several editions and
were translated into both French and Spanish. Clermont was one of the books
satirized by Austen in Northanger Abbey.
|Lost on the Moon or
In Quest of the Field of Diamonds ~ 1911 Cupples & Leon Co. NY ~ 248
pages ~ frontispiece illustration.
Online eText Version: http://durendal.org/lotm/
THE BOMBA SERIES: This 20 volume set was one of the Stratemeyer Syndicate's most profitable series. Written by ghostwriters (most stories are attributed to Howard Garis) between 1926 and 1938, this series was published in various formats by Cupples & Leon. Later reprints of early titles were also available in dust jackets from Grosset & Dunlap and picture covers from Clover Books. Later yet, G&D attempted unsuccessfully to revive the series in picture cover in 1978.
See ERBzine 0897 http://www.erbzine.com/mag8/0897.html
Dave Dashaway and His Giant Airship: 1913 Exciting adventures in a dirigible. Cupples & Leon, 206 pages ~ Frontispiece.
Dave Dashaway The Young Aviator 1917? 208 pages
Daredevils Of The Air 1932 G&D 215 pages, illustrated by J. Clemens Gretta
On a Torn-Away World 1913
DAVE DASHAWAY: This five volume Stratemeyer Syndicate series was originally published by Cupples & Leon between 1913 and 1915.
DAVE FEARLESS: This Stratemeyer Syndicate series consists of 15 volumes and two phantom titles. Volumes one through three were published in hardcover by George Sully & Company. Volumes four through 15 were published in the "Dime Novel" format by Garden City Books in the mid 1920's.
GREAT MARVEL SERIES: This nine volume Stratemeyer Syndicate series was markeded under the Roy Rockwood house name. Originally published by Cupples & Leon between 1906 and 1935, reprints of volumes three through six, eight and nine were available as part of the Whitman "2300" Series. Volume #1 was also reprinted in Cupples & Leon's Mystery and Adventure Stories for Boys. This oversized "4-in-1" edition also included the first titles in The Boy Ranchers, Great Ace and Baseball Joe series.
OUTDOOR SERIES: This series consisted of at least eight reprints of single titles by William M. Graydon, Peter T. Harkness, Rupert S. Holland, William D. Moffat, Harry Steel Morrison, Roy Rockwood, Roy Eliot Stokes, and Matthew White. This set was published by Saalfield, World Syndicate and Goldsmith.
SPEEDWELL BOYS n Motor Cycles: This five volume Stratemeyer Syndicate series was originally published by Cupples & Leon between 1913 and 1915.
Through the Air to the North Pole
Through Space to Mars
The City Beyond the Clouds
On a Torn-Away World
|Roy Rockwood is a pseudonym, not for any particular author,
but a whole stable of them. The Stratemeyer Syndicate used Roy Rookwood
as a house name for the authors of their boys' serials - most noteably
Bomba the Jungle Boy & the Great Marvel Series.The actual authors of
the works listed are unknown, but may have been either Howard Garis or
Duffield, who both wrote for Stratemeyer.
Howard R. Garis wrote the Great Marvel series for the Stratemeyer Syndicate under the name Roy Rockwood:
Leslie McFarlane was the ghost writer of most of the famous Hardy Boys series in the Stratemeyer Syndicate Before this McFarlane he wrote a total of seven Dave Fearless novels under the name Roy Rockwood.
|Matthew Jos. Rodermund|
|Fads in the Practice of Medicine and the Cause and Prevention of Disease. (This volume positively explains, for the first time in the world’s history, the causes of yellow fever, smallpox, diptheria, scarlet fever, measels, consumption, etc.) (The author of this volume was the first physician to positively demonstrate that the heart does not circulate the blood, but that the main power which produces the circulation is received through the lungs, from the air breathed.) 1901 ~ Chicago: Twentieth Century Publishing Company, 1901.|
|For years Dr. Matthew J. Rodermund, MD of Wisconsin, USA, offered $10,000 to anyone who could prove scientifically that smallpox is contagious. No one won claimed the money.|
|Will Rogers 1879 -1935|
|The Illiterate Digest 1924 Albert & Charles Boni -
New York Includes several cartoons, 351 pages A6
A hilarious collection of lectures, speeches and thoughts by the venerable Will Rogers. This work will keep you laughing from beginning to end with the down to earth, honest and laughable style Rogers is known for. After reading the 'Two Letters and a Dedication' portion of this work, you will be hooked. It is illustrated with 29 cartoons.
"The more you read and observe about this Politics thing, you got to admit that each party is worse than the other. The one that's out always looks the best. Will Rogers, Illiterate Digest (1924), "Breaking into the Writing Game"
The more you read and observe about this Politics thing, you got to admit that each party is worse than the other. The one that's out always looks the best. Will Rogers, Illiterate Digest (1924), "Breaking into the Writing Game"
The income tax has made more liars out of the American people than golf has. Will Rogers, Illiterate Digest (1924), "Helping the Girls with their Income Taxes"
Everything is funny as long as it is happening to Somebody Else.
Will Rogers, Illiterate Digest (1924), "Warning to Jokers: lay off the prince"
Editorial Reviews: Book Description
Will Rogers was first an Indian, a cowboy then a national figure. He now is a legend. Born in 1879 on a large ranch in the Cherokee Nation near what later would become Oologah, Oklahoma, Will Rogers was taught by a freed slave how to use a lasso as a tool to work Texas Longhorn cattle on the family ranch.
During his lifetime, he traveled around the globe three times - meeting people, covering wars, talking about peace and learning everything possible.
He wrote six books. In fact he published more than two million words. He was the first big time radio commentator, was a guest at the White House and his opinions were sought by the leaders of the world.
Review: Political humor from 1924! I've always heard how great Will Rogers was, but nothing I've seen by him ever impressed me as being remotely funny. His signature line that always shows up in references is "I never met a man I didn't like" (which has almost the same rhythm as W.C. Fields' "Never Give a Sucker an Even Break"), and that's nice, but it's not funny. Apparently, Rogers was on stage somewhere in vaudeville once doing his lariat-spinning routine when he decided to make an unscripted crack. "Swinging a rope ain't bad, as long as it ain't from your neck," he said. And the crowd went nuts. I don't see it, myself. Then again, I don't see the rope-spinning part as being all that great on its own. So I got this book, which is 350 pages of Will Rogers from when he was in the Ziegfeld Follies, although these aren't the Follies routines themselves. Some of the lines no doubt are, but most of it was designed to be read. And some of it is (this is a line I'm required by law to say) as relevant today as it was when it was written: "With all the mechanical improvements they have in the way of adding machines, and counting machines, they can't seem to invent anything to take the place of the old Political mode of counting -- two for me and one for you. More people have been elected between Sundown and Sunup, than ever were elected between Sunup and Sundown." It's a shame I don't put political quotes in my .signature, because that one seems pretty good. Anyway, Will Rogers was mighty popular in his time, and was in 54 movies from 1918 through 1935, many of them with titles like "Cupid the Cowpuncher." His humor isn't particularly funny anymore, but it's at least readable. And it's fun reading contemporary jokes about Presidents Taft and Wilson. I am distinctly pleased with this purchase. Did I mention that it still has its dust cover? I'm quite impressed that it survived 77 years.
Times Dispatch daily newspaper: Richmond, Virgina ~ Saturday, August 17,
1935. Headline: Will Rogers and Wiley Post are instantly killed in crash
of plane in Northern Alaska.~ Died in Icy Waters of Alaska River" Other
stories featured: "The rope that started Will's career - It was the
cowboy-humorist's skill with a rope that started him on the raod to fame
when he got his first job as rope-twirler with a medicine show." "World
Leaders Are Shocked By Deaths of Rogers, Post." "Off to Battle the
Stratosphere" - clad in an oxygen helmet, Post in the "Winnie Mae" tried
for an altitude record in 1934. He beat the old but not sufficient
to be allowed a new." "They Lived and Died the Best of Pals."
"As the Film Fans Knew Him - In just such homey roles as this one,
Will endeared himself to the moviegoers with his true characterizations."
Will Rogers was a well-known and well-loved cowboy, radio entertainer, and film star.
Wiley Post was a flight hero who set an around-the-world flight record in 1933.
Rogers was first an Indian, a cowboy then a national figure. He
now is a legend.Born in 1879 on a large ranch in the Cherokee Nation near
what later would become Oologah, Oklahoma, Will Rogers was taught by a
freed slave how to use a lasso as a tool to work Texas Longhorn cattle
on the family ranch. As he grew older, Will Rogers' roping skills developed
so special that he was listed in the Guinness Book of Records for throwing
three lassos at once: One rope caught the running horse's neck, the other
would hoop around the rider and the third swooped up under the horse to
loop all four legs.Will Rogers' unsurpassed lariat feats were recorded
in the classic movie, "The Ropin' Fool."His hard-earned skills won him
jobs trick roping in wild west shows and on the vaudeville stages where,
soon, he started telling small jokes.Quickly, his wise cracks and folksy
observations became more prized by audiences than his expert roping. He
became recognized as being a very informed and smart philosopher--telling
the truth in very simple words so that everyone could understand. After
the 10th grade, Will Rogers dropped out of school to become a cowboy in
a cattle drive. He always regretted that he didn't finish school, but he
made sure that he never stopped learning--reading, thinking and talking
to smart people. His hard work paid off. Will Rogers was the star of Broadway
and 71 movies of the 1920s and 1930s; a popular broadcaster; besides writing
more than 4,000 syndicated newspaper columns and befriending Presidents,
Senators and Kings. During his lifetime, he traveled around the globe three
times-- meeting people, covering wars, talking about peace and learning
everything possible.He wrote six books. In fact he published more than
two million words. He was the first big time radio commentator, was a guest
at the White House and his opinions were sought by the leaders of the world.
Inside himself, Will Rogers remained a simple Oklahoma cowboy. "I never
met a man I didn't like," was his credo of genuine love and respect for
humanity and all people everywhere. He gave his own money to disaster victims
and raised thousands for the Red Cross and Salvation Army. At home, either
on his ranch in Oklahoma or California, he always enjoyed riding horseback,
roping steers or playing polo. He would scratch his head, grin and quip
that he figured there was something wrong with anybody that didn't like
a horse. He always thought of himself as first a caring member of
the human race, American, then a Cherokee Indian; a faithful husband and
a father. Even though he was the top-paid star in Hollywood, he was a family
man. Will Rogers was very close to his wife, Betty, and their four children.
Will Rogers Jr., 1911-1993, starred as his Father in two feature movies
and was a war hero, a successful actor and a Congressman. Mary Rogers,
1913-1989, was a Broadway actress. Jim Rogers, 1915-2000, after starring
in some cowboy movies as a young man, spent his life as a horse and cattle
rancher. Betty and Will Rogers's youngest son, Fred, died of diphtheria
when he was two. There were eight children born to Will Rogers' parents,
but only four reached adulthood on the rugged frontier of 19th Century
Indian Territory. While a fast horse thrilled Will Rogers, he also loved
flying. It was on a flight to Alaska in 1935 with a daring one-eyed Oklahoma
pilot named Wiley Post that their plane crashed and both men lost their
lives.In mourning, the world reflected on Will Rogers' words:
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