Clarence E. Mulford

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Clarence E. Mulford (3 February 1883 – 10 May 1956) was the author of Hopalong Cassidy, written in 1904. He wrote it in Fryeburg, Maine, United States, and the many stories and 28 novels were followed by radio, feature film, television, and comic book versions, often deviating significantly from the original stories, especially in the character's traits.[1] While many of his stories depicted Cassidy and other men of the Bar-20 ranch, he also wrote novels (and short stories) of other Westerners, starting with Johnny Nelson in 1920.[2] He also wrote nonfiction, mostly about the West, the outdoors, and motoring.[3]

Clarence was born in Streator, Illinois. He died of complications from surgery in Portland, Maine. He set aside much of his money from his books for local charities.

More than just writing a very popular series of Westerns, Mulford re-created an entire detailed and authentic world filled with characters drawn from his extensive library research.[4] His biographer, Francis Nevins, characterized Mulford's writing as "rooted in Victorian convention."[5] Nevins also states that he originated the Western series that has continuous characters, and that, unlike the characters of most later Western series writers, his aged.[6]

Hopalong Cassidy novels[edit]

  • Bar-20 (1906)
  • The Orphan (1908)
  • The Coming of Cassidy (1908)
  • Hopalong Cassidy (1910)
  • Bar-20 Days (1911)
  • Buck Peters, Ranchman (1912)
  • The Man from Bar-20 (1918)
  • Johnny Nelson (1920)
  • The Bar-20 Three (1921)
  • Black Buttes (1922)
  • Tex (1922)
  • Bring Me His Ears (1922)
  • Black Buttes (1923)
  • Rustlers' Valley (1924)
  • Hopalong Cassidy Returns (1924)
  • Cottonwood Gulch (1925)
  • Hopalong Cassidy's Protege (1926) (Saddle Mate)
  • Bar-20 Rides Again (1926)
  • Corson of the JC (1927)
  • Mesquite Jenkins (1928)
  • Me ans Shorty (1928)
  • Deputy Sheriff (1930)
  • Hopalong Cassidy and the Eagles Brood (1930)
  • Mesquite Jenkins, Tumbleweed (1931)
  • The Round-Up (1933)
  • Trail Dust (1934)
  • On the Trail of the Tumbling T (1935)
  • Hopalong Cassidy Takes Cards (1937)
  • Hopalong Cassidy Serves A Writ (1941)

External links[edit]

  1. ^ Nevins, Francis M., Jr., 1993, Bar-20: The Life of Clarence E. Mulford, Creator of Hopalong Cassidy, with Seven Original Stories Reprinted. McFarland & Company: Jefferson, North Carolina. Pp. 10-11, 116-118.
  2. ^ Nevins, Francis M., Jr., 1993, Bar-20: The Life of Clarence E. Mulford, Creator of Hopalong Cassidy, with Seven Original Stories Reprinted. McFarland & Company: Jefferson, North Carolina. Pp. 35-37, 70.
  3. ^ Nevins, Francis M., Jr., 1993, Bar-20: The Life of Clarence E. Mulford, Creator of Hopalong Cassidy, with Seven Original Stories Reprinted. McFarland & Company: Jefferson, North Carolina. Pp. 211-218 (bibliography of works by Mulford).
  4. ^ Nevins, Francis M., Jr., 1993, Bar-20: The Life of Clarence E. Mulford, Creator of Hopalong Cassidy, with Seven Original Stories Reprinted. McFarland & Company: Jefferson, North Carolina. P. 124.
  5. ^ Nevins, Francis M., Jr., 1993, Bar-20: The Life of Clarence E. Mulford, Creator of Hopalong Cassidy, with Seven Original Stories Reprinted. McFarland & Company: Jefferson, North Carolina. P. 124.
  6. ^ Nevins, Francis M., Jr., 1993, Bar-20: The Life of Clarence E. Mulford, Creator of Hopalong Cassidy, with Seven Original Stories Reprinted. McFarland & Company: Jefferson, North Carolina. P. 124.