Frederick A. Stokes
|Frederick Abbot Stokes|
Frederick A. Stokes, 1932
November 4, 1857|
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
|Died||November 16, 1939
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Known for||publishing Frank Buck and James Branch Cabell|
|Spouse(s)||Ellen Colby Stokes|
Frederick A. Stokes was an eponymous American publishing company. Stokes was a graduate of Yale Law School. He had previously worked for Dodd, Mead and Company and then briefly had partnerships with others before founding his company in 1890.
Stokes published established writers such as Francis Hodgson Burnett, Frank Buck, and Stephen Crane. He also published beginning writers such as James Branch Cabell, Maria Montessori, and Percival Wren. Best sellers included: The Story of Ferdinand, On Jungle Trails, Doctor Dolittle, When Worlds Collide, Guys and Dolls, and The Story of Little Black Sambo. Stokes was also known for publishing high quality art and children's books, such as the popular 17-volume series "The Glue Books," beginning with The House That Glue Built in 1905.
Stokes was an opponent of the new Book Clubs of the 1920s, as well as modern advertising methods, such as billboards and radio ads. Stokes died in 1939, at age 82, leaving the company to his sons, Horace and Brett. Frederick A. Stokes was bought out by J. B. Lippincott in 1943.
Authors' names are followed by their known dates of association with Frederick A. Stokes.
- Helen Bannerman. 1900.
- Louis Bromfield. 1926.
- Frank Buck. 1936.
- Frances Hodgson Burnett. 1911.
- James Branch Cabell
- Stephen Crane. 1899.
- Edward S. Curtis. 1912.
- Glenn Curtiss. 1912.
- Ferrin Fraser. 1936.
- Susan Glaspell. 1909-1931
- Owen Johnson. 1912-1915.
- Munro Leaf. 1934-1942.
- Lois Lenski. 1929-1943.
- Sinclair Lewis. 1910-1912.
- Hugh Lofting. 1920-1936.
- Mary MacLane. 1917.
- Maria Montessori. 1912-1917.
- L. M. Montgomery. 1917-1939.
- Richard F. Outcault. 1904-1914.
- Robert E. Peary. 1898-1912.
- John J. Pershing. 1931.
- Olive Higgins Prouty. 1919.
- Ellery Queen. 1929-1940.
- Edward V. Rickenbacker. 1919.
- W. Heath Robinson. 1925.
- Damon Runyon. 1931-1938.
- William M. Timlin. 1923.
- Clara Andrews Williams. 1905-1926.
- Percival Wren. 1925-1933.
- Lee Wulff. 1939
- Philip Wylie. 1933-1934.
- Pocket Magazine, published by Stokes
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Frederick A. Stokes & Brother.|
- FA Stokes dead. Book publisher, 82. New York Times November 17, 1939.
- Jackson, C. D. (2010). "From the Collection: With Paper and Glue: Building the Commercial Success of an Arts and Crafts Toy". Winterthur Portfolio 44 (4): 351–386. doi:10.1086/657113.
- Hay, Elizabeth (1981). Sambo Sahib: the Story of Little Black Sambo and Helen Bannerman. Totowa, NJ: Barnes & Noble. p. 31. ISBN 0389201510.
- Lingeman, Richard R. (2002). Sinclair Lewis: Rebel from Main Street. Minnesota Historical Society. pp. 39, 58.
- Scribner's Magazine. Vol. XIV, July–December 1893. Charles Scribner's Sons: New York. p. 18.