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C.N. & A.M. Williamson
The Lady from the Air ~ 1923 ~ Doubleday
Lady Betty Across the Water 1906
The Princess Passes 1905 
The Guests of Hercules  1912 
The Lightning Conductor Discovers America  1916 
My Friend the Chauffeur 
The Princess Passes 
The Princess Virginia ~  Illustrated by Leon Guipon. McClure, Phillips & Co
The Car of Destiny
Bailey Willis
Living Africa: A Geologist's Wanderings Through the Rift Valleys ~ 1930 ~ NY: Whittlesey House ~ 320 pp ~ illustrated.
Harry Leon Wilson
Merton of the Movies
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Oh, Doctor  ~ 1923 ~ G&D or Cosmopolitan Book Corporation
Ruggles of Red Gap: 1915  Doubleday, Page & Company, 371 pages
Ruggles of Red Gap is an unusual western in that it begins in France, where some of Red Gap's finest citizens of the Wild West have "gotten culture" and are now enjoying the finer things of the old country. In a truly American twist on things proper, the Americans "win" Ruggles, an erstwhile butler to an English aristocrat with an empty title and a drinking problems, in a poker game! To make things worse, when transported to Red Gap, Ruggles is mistakenly considered an aristocrat himself by the local citizens!
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Somewhere in Red Gap

Novel Fancy Pants made into a 1950 Bob Hope movie
Many Broadway plays
The Boss of Little Arcady
The Spenders
The Lions of the Lord
A Tale of the Old West
The Spenders
A Tale of the Third Generation
The Wrong Twin

Jack London and George Sterling, James Hopper, Harry Leon Wilson, London. Bohemian Grove, 1913
John Fleming Wilson
Somewhere at Sea

Tad Shelton, Boy Scout: 1913 MacMillan ~  illustrated by Daugherty
Tad Shelton's Fourth of July: More Stories of His Patrol ~ 1913 - MacMillan - illustrated by Norman P. Rockwell.
An interesting novelty item from days long gone.  It says, "The Master Key by John Fleming Wilson  A thrilling story of Mystery and Romance!"  On the handle of the key it says, Universal, Fifteen weeks Thirty reels.

"The Quest of the Tropic Bird" article in The Golden Book Magazine, 1927
QUOTE: "Thirty years ago Captain Edward Haines was one of the wealthiest traders in this ocean, and his house in Honolulu was splendid with furniture out of London, carpets out of Marseilles, and mirrors from Hamburg. But the splendidest of his possessions was his daughter Gertrude, a strange beauty to be granted so hard-fisted, loud-mouthed an ignoramus as old Haines, who could barely move about in his own drawing-room without smashing something, and whose education was got out of an ancient Bowditch." 

Wine recipe for grape wine...inside American Scientific.
William Winter  1836-1917
Vagrant Memories: Being further recollections of other days  ~ NY: Doran, 1915 ~ 525  pages

Gray Days and Gold: In England and Scotland ~ 1896 ~ Joseph Knight Co. 334 pages


REFUGE by: William Winter (1836-1917)

Set your face to the sea, fond lover,-- 
Cold in the darkness the sea-winds blow! 
Waves and clouds and the night will cover 
All your passion and all your woe: 
Sobbing waves, and the death within them, 
Sweet as the lips that once you prest-- 
Pray that your hopeless heart may win them! 
Pray that your weary life may rest! 

Set your face to the stars, fond lover,-- 
Calm, and silent, and bright, and true!-- 
They will pity you, they will hover 
Softly over the deep for you. 
Winds of heaven will sigh your dirges, 
Tears of heaven for you be spent, 
And sweet for you will the murmuring surges 
Pour the wail of their low lament. 

Set your face to the lonely spaces, 
Vast and gaunt, of the midnight sky! 
There, with the drifting cloud, your place is, 
There with the griefs that cannot die. 
Love is a mocking fiend's derision, 
Peace a phantom, and faith a snare! 
Make the hope of your heart a vision-- 
Look to heaven, and find it there! 

THE RUBICON by: William Winter (1836-1917)

NE other bitter drop to drink, 
And then -- no more! 
One little pause upon the brink, 
And then -- go o'er! 
One sigh -- and then the lib'rant morn 
Of perfect day, 
When my free spirit, newly born, 
Will soar away! 

One pang -- and I shall rend the thrall 
Where grief abides, 
And generous Death will show me all 
That now he hides; 
And, lucid in that second birth, 
I shall discern 
What all the sages of the earth 
Have died to learn. 

One motion -- and the stream is crossed, 
So dark, so deep! 
And I shall triumph, or be lost 
In endless sleep. 
Then, onward! Whatso'er my fate, 
I shall not care! 
Nor Sin nor Sorrow, Love nor Hate, 
Can touch me there.
William Winter  Born in Gloucester, Massachusetts, 1836; died in New York City, June 30, 1917. Mr. Winter was through most of his long life, a dramatic critic, although he started public life as a lawyer. The lure of literature, however, was too strong for him and in 1859 he came to New York and cast in his lot with a struggling little band of writers who afterward became the prominent men of letters of their day. After a period of work for the "Saturday Press" and other papers, he became the dramatic critic of the "New York Tribune," a position which he continued to hold for forty years. He had a particular passion for Shakespearean drama and numbered among his close friends all the great Shakespearean actors of his day. Mr. Winter was a voluminous writer both in dramatic criticism and poetry, varying these occupations with charming books of English travel and brief personal studies of his friends. The Jeffersons, Henry Irving, Mary Anderson, Edwin Booth, and others were among the subjects of his delightful memoirs.
Owen Wister 18601938

Lady Baltimore 1906 MacMillan
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Lin McLean 1898 ~  NY: Harper and Brothers 
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Red Men and White  1896 Harper  Illustrated by Remington
The Pentecost of Calamity ~ 1915 ~ NY: MacMillan


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Owen Wister was born in Philadelphia in 1860, the son of physician Owen Jones Wister and Sarah (Butler) Wister, daughter of the actress Fanny Kemble. After graduating from Harvard in 1882, "Wister studied two years music in Paris but he gave up a musical career. He worked as a bank clerk in New York. Due to poor health, he spent some time in the West to restore his physical well-being. In 1885 he entered Harvad Law School, graduating in 1888. Wister practiced law in his home town Pennsylvania before devoting himself to a writing. In 1898 he married Mary Channing, a cousin, and they had six children. Wister had spent summers in the West, and on the basis of these experiences he wrote Western sketches. The first story, 'Hank's Woman,' appeared in Harper's, and launched his career as a writer. Beginning with his first encounter with Wyoming in 1884, he kept journals and notes, which were published in an edited form in WISTER OUT WEST (1958). In 1891, after a conversation in which the author and Roosevelt discussed the literary potential of his impressions of western life, Wister began writing his stories of America's last internal frontier. They paved the way for the novel THE VIRGINIAN: A HORSEMAN OF THE PLAINS (1902). The work was dedicated to Theodore Roosevelt, and in later editions it had Frederic Remington's illustrations. Wister's success did not inspire him to write more Western novels, although in his short stories Wister developed the genre of cowboy fiction. In 1904 appeared PHILOSOPHY 4, a story about college life at Harvard. It was followed by LADY BALTIMORE, a novel about aristocratic Southerners in Charleston, and several works of non-fiction. Wister's later major work was ROOSEVELT: THE STORY OF A FRIENDSHIP, 1880-1919 (1930). The biography depicted his long acquaintance with Roosevelt, a Harvard classmate. Besides novels and histories Wister published books for children. Wister's collected writings were published in 11 volumes in 1928. He died in Kingston, Rhode Island on July 21, 1938.
H. C. Witwer
From Baseball to Boches ~ 1918 ~ Boston:  Small, Maynard   366 pages ~ WWI novel

The Leather Pushers
Fighting Blood ~ 1923 ~  NY:Knickerbocker Press  377pages ~ Illustrations


Pelham Grenville Wodehouse 15 October 1881 Guildford, Surrey, England - 14 February 1975 Southampton, New York, USA.
A Damsel in Distress
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Film Adaptation 1937
Film Plot Details: For a film that had essentially no plot, Damsel in Distress was sufficiently entertaining. I kept in mind that this was a Fred Astaire film so I had to expect the typical boy-girl romance technique. I was a little disappointed that Joan Fontaine was selected to play the opposing lead of Astaire, since Fontaine was far superior in her acting abilities. This film did nothing for her career because she could not sing, nor dance. Unfortunately, it was made painfully obvious by the film, probably the lack of good direction or the lack of dancing ability on Fontaine's part. However, this was not her fault at all, her talent lied in a different direction.The music was entertaining in different parts. I only liked selected dancing routines. For instance, when Fred Astaire dances in the streets of London to evade police, I thought this showed his great gift for tap. But I was blown away, when I saw the last routine done by Astaire, in which he taps around drums. I fast forward through the whole film just to see that clip. It's probably the only one worth watching.
George Burns and Gracie Allen are funny, but at times they tend to annoy me. They seem to be trying very hard to get a chuckle, which was also became painfully obvious by the end of the film. If you are into an intricate plot, do not watch this film because this film has minimal plot. Watch this film only for the dancing, the dancing and the dancing.
Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse (1881-1975) was an English humorist who wrote novels, short stories, plays, lyrics, and essays, all with the same light touch of gentle satire. He is best known as the creator of the irredeemably dim and unflaggingly affable Bertie Wooster and his invincible valet Jeeves, but Wodehouse also produced multi-volume story cycles on Blandings Castle, Mr. Mulliner's extended family, Mike and Psmith, the Oldest Member, Uncle Fred, and the Drones Club. (All this is in addition to his many stand-alone novels, short stories, and plays.)  Throughout his stories, Wodehouse presents a view of the world which differs from -- his fans would say, improves upon -- the focus most people have. For a variety of reasons, pigs, newts, and statues of the Infant Samuel at Prayer play significant roles in the Wodehousian view, while such things as death, taxes, and work are crowded towards the O. P. wings.

Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse (October 15, 1881 - February 14, 1975) was an English comic novelist, most famously described as "English literature's performing flea." Best known for the Jeeves and Wooster short stories and novels, Wodehouse was also a talented lyricist, who worked with Cole Porter on the musical, Anything Goes. The surname is pronounced "Woodhouse", not "Woadhouse".Wodehouse is one of the authors most frequently cited in the Oxford English Dictionary -- not surprising considering his dazzling use of language -- and he is second only to Charles Dickens in fecundity of character invention. Nicknamed 'Plum', Wodehouse was educated at Dulwich College, and then worked for the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank for two years, though he was never really interested in banking as a career. Having taken up writing seriously, he went to Hollywood, where he was able to earn enormous amounts as a screenwriter. He married in 1914, gaining a stepdaughter.After a failed attempt to escape from his home at Le Touquet, France, Wodehouse was taken prisoner in Germany during World War II. Encouraged by fellow prisoners to entertain with witty dialogues, he was persuaded by the Germans to make broadcasts from Berlin poking fun at his dilemma. Wartime England was in no mood for light-hearted banter, however, and the broadcasts led to accusations of treachery. Foremost among his critics was A. A. Milne, author of the "Winnie the Pooh" books; Wodehouse got some revenge by creating a ridiculous character named "Timothy Bobbin," who starred in hilarious parodies of some of Milne's children's poetry. Among his defenders was George Orwell. The criticism led Wodehouse to move to America. He became an American citizen in 1955, and made only one more visit to his homeland. He was made a Knight of the British Empire (KBE) in 1975, shortly before his death. It is widely believed that the honor was not given earlier because of lingering resentment about the German broadcasts. His characters were not always popular with the establishment, either, notably the foppish foolishness of Bertie Wooster. Papers released by the Public Record Office have disclosed that when Wodehouse was recommended for a Companion of Honour in 1967, Sir Patrick Dean, British ambassador in Washington, argued that it "would also give currency to a Bertie Wooster image of the British character which we are doing our best to eradicate."
His novels and stories fall into a number of series:

  • The Blandings books are about the upper-class inhabitants of the fictional Blandings Castle, including the eccentric Earl of Emsworth, obsessed by his prize-winning pig, the "Empress of Blandings".
  • The Ukridge books are about a scheming character of that name.
  • Mr. Mulliner is a long-winded pub raconteur who tells outrageous stories about his family.
  • Many stories were built around the sport of golf, which all characters take deadly seriously, ignoring everything else in life.
  • The most famous series are the Jeeves and Wooster books, featuring the ever-optimistic Bertie Wooster, his fearsome aunts (Aunts Agatha and Dahlia), and his omniscient valet Jeeves. The raucous Drones Club, a parody of bachelor's clubs once common in London, features in many tales.
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    Wodehouse Links
    Eric Wood
    The Boy's Book of Buccaneers ~ 1917
    Eric Wood was the author of: Thrilling Deeds of British Airmen (1917) and Famous Voyages of the Greek Discoverers (1920). He was also the author of a series of books for boys in the early twentieth-century, with titles including: The Boy's Book of Adventure (1912), The Boy's Workshop (1912), The Boy's Book of Battles (1913), The Boy Scouts' Roll of Honour (1914), The Boy's Book of the Sea (1915), The Boy's Book of Heroes (c1915), The Boy's Book of Buccaneers (1917), The British Boy's Annual (1921), The Outdoor Boy (1923) and The Boy's Book of the Open Air (1924). 
    Norman B. Wood
    Lives of Famous Indian Chiefs ~ 1906 Aurora, IL: American Indian Historical Publishing Co. ~The book covers famous chiefs Powhatan, Pontiac, Logan, Joseph Brant, Little Turtle, Tecumseh, Black Hawk, Sitting Bull, Chief Joseph, Geronimo, 771 pages
    Cited by ERB as a resource used in his writing of the Apache novels
    Excerpt: Red Jacket vs. Christianity

    Rev. Norman B. Wood
    A. Percival  Wright
    Mammalia ~ 1883 not Ed's book plate.
    Harold Bell Wright  1872-1944
    Helen of the Old House 1921, Appleton first edition
    Helen of the Old House focuses on the labor unrest and socialist agitation immediately following World War I
    For a long author bio plus review and summary see:
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    Harold Bell Wright, author of eighteen major works published between 1903 and 1942, lived in the Imperial Valley area of Southern California's desert region from 1907 until 1915.  His works entertain, teach, and provide an element of conflict between right and wrong. As an author, Wright provides graphic, visual descriptions of the characters and their environment; he creates pictures through the use of words.  Harold Bell Wright used his novels to help promote  what he called "clean living." Even though he formally resigned from the official church pulpit, Wright was able to continue his ministry through his published writings.
    Thomas Bellows Wyman
    Genealogies and Estates of Charlestown in the County of Middlesex and Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 1629-1818. (Boston, Clapp, 1877 2 vols. 1186 pages
    Available on CD for $26
    Charlestown was established about 1630 at the beginning of the Great Migration, and was annexed to Boston in 1874. It is situated in Middlesex County which was created in 1643 when Massachusetts Bay Colony was divided into four shires. Originally Charlestown also included Burlington, Malden, Somerville, Stoneham, Wilmington, Winchester, and Woburn, and parts of Arlington, Cambridge, Medford, and Reading. Its extant records begin in the mid-1630s. This is truly a phenomenal genealogical collection, being probably the most detailed and comprehensive work of its kind. Wyman spent a lifetime collecting and arranging the material for his work, but unfortunately died suddenly of pneumonia shortly before it was published. This work attempts to identify all the residents of Charlestown from its first settlement until about 1818, placing them in a genealogical context. In addition to the genealogies, Wyman provides a concise summary of the real estate transactions which each person was involved in, as culled from the first 139 volumes of Middlesex deeds, Suffolk County deeds, and town records. This collection presents a remarkable synthesis of data from town, church, county, and private records, and belongs in the library of every researcher interested in Massachusetts Bay Colony families. The entries are arranged in a very useful dictionary format. 
    Introduction by: Henry Herbert Edes great-great-grandson of Benjamin's brother Thomas,  merchant, born in Charlestown, Massachusetts, 29 March 1849. He was educated at the grammar and high schools of his native town, and in 1865 entered mercantile life in Boston, in which he has since continued. He became assistant treasurer of the "New England historic genealogical society" in 1869, and since 1873 has been a member of its publication committee. He is also a fellow of the American antiquarian society. Mr. Edes has been a member of the executive committee of the Boston civil service reform association since 1881, and of the Massachusetts reform club since 1885; and since 1869 has been arranging the Charlestown archives (16291847), which when complete will fill about 120 volumes. He has in manuscript a "Genealogy of the Edes Family," and is the author of "History of the Harvard Church at Charlestown, 1815'79 " (Boston, 1879), besides many historical books and pamphlets, including "Connecticut Colonial Documents," a reprint of papers contributed by him to the "New England Historical and Genealogical Register" in 1868'71 (privately printed); " Memorial of Josiah Barker, of Charlestown" (privately printed, Boston, 1871); " Charlestown's Historic Points" (1875). He also edited and wrote the introduction to Wyman's "Genealogies and Estates of Charlestown" (Boston, 1879); and contributed three chapters on Charlestown to "The Memorial History of Boston" (Boston, 1880'1).

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