Edward S. Ellis
|Edward Sylvester Ellis|
April 11, 1840|
|Died||June 20, 1916
Cliff Island, Maine
James Fenimore Cooper Adams
|Education||Master of Arts (Princeton 1877)|
Anna M. Deane (m. 1862–87)
Ellis was a teacher, school administrator, journalist, and the author of hundreds of books and magazine articles that he produced by his name and by a number of noms de plume. Notable fiction stories by Ellis include The Steam Man of the Prairies and Seth Jones, or the Captives of the Frontier. Internationally, Edward S. Ellis is probably known best for his Deerfoot novels read widely by young boys until the 1950s.
Seth Jones was the most significant of early dime novels of publishers Beadle and Adams. During the mid-1880s, after a fiction-writing career of some thirty years, Ellis eventually began composing more serious works of biography, history, and persuasive writing. Of note was "The Life of Colonel David Crockett", which had the story of Davy Crockett giving a speech usually called "Not Yours To Give". It was a speech in opposition to awarding money to a Navy widow on the grounds that Congress had no Constitutional mandate to give charity. It was said to have been inspired by Crockett's meeting with a Horatio Bunce, a much quoted man in Libertarian circles, but one for whom historical evidence is non-existent. It is said that Seth Jones was one of Abraham Lincoln's favorite stories.
Besides the one hundred fifty-nine books published by his own name, Ellis' work was published under various pseudonyms, including:
- "James Fenimore Cooper Adams" or "Captain Bruin Adams" (68 titles)
- "Boynton M. Belknap" (9 titles)
- "J. G. Bethune" (1 title)
- "Captain Latham C. Carleton" (2 titles)
- "Frank Faulkner" (1 title)
- "Capt. R. M. Hawthorne" (4 titles)
- "Lieut. Ned Hunter" (5 titles)
- "Lieut. R. H. Jayne" (at least 2 titles in the War Whoop series)
- "Charles E. Lasalle" (16 titles)
- "H. R. Millbank" (3 titles)
- "Billex Muller" (3 titles)
- "Lieut. J. H. Randolph" (8 titles)
- "Emerson Rodman" (10 titles)
- "E. A. St. Mox" (2 titles)
- "Seelin Robins" (19 titles)
- The Stories of the Greatest Nations (with Charles Francis Horne) ISBN 4-87187-874-0
- Spain The Story of a Great Nation (with Charles Francis Horne) ISBN 4-87187-875-9
- Russia The Story of a Great Nation (with Charles Francis Horne) ISBN 4-87187-874-0
- "Ellis, Edward Sylvester". Beadle and Adams Dime Novel Digitization Project. Northern Illinois University. Retrieved 2007-12-30.
- "Ellis Bio". The Life of Kit Carson. Lost Classics Book Company. Retrieved 2007-12-30.
- Jayne, R. H. (Nov 1889). "The Story of Sybrant Quackenboss". Frank Leslie's Popular Monthly. XXVIII (5): 609–611. Retrieved 25 June 2012.
- Ellis, Edward S. (August 1868). "The Steam Man of the Prairies". Beadle's American Novel I (45).
- Ellis, Edward S. (2 October 1860). "Seth Jones". Beadle's Dime Novels I (8).
- Columbia Literary History of the United States - 1 p554 Emory, Elliott, Martha Banta, Houston A. Baker - 1988 "It is not insignificant to note, therefore, that while Malaeska is best remembered as the first dime novel, Seth Jones is the tar more representative work of the House of Beadle and Adams. Seth Jones has none of Malaeska's moral ambiguities.
- Vicki Anderson -The Dime Novel in Children's Literature 2004- Page 104 "Before many years had passed, however, the author of Seth Jones had accomplished the feat which the writers' world used to describe as “getting between boards.” In Seth Jones the Native Americans who capture Ina are Mohawks." ... It is said that Seth Jones was one of Abraham Lincoln's favorite stories."
- Mary, Crosson. "The War Whoop Series". Retrieved 25 June 2012.
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