Rupert Raleigh Hughes (January 31, 1872 – September 9, 1956) was an American historian, novelist, film director and composer based in Hollywood. Hughes was born in Lancaster, Missouri. His parents were Felix Turner Hughes and Jean Amelia Summerlin, who were married in 1865. His brother Howard R. Hughes, Sr., co-founded the Hughes Tool Company. He was the uncle of Howard Hughes, the famous aviation magnate and filmmaker. His three volume scholarly biography of George Washington broke new ground in demythologizing the general and was well received by historians. He was elected as an honorary member of the Alpha chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia music fraternity at the New England Conservatory in Boston in 1917. Hughes' was an essay writer for popular magazines in the 1930's *'Technocracy to the Rescue' Rupert Hughes. Hughes, active in state politics, was one of the founders of the California State Guard in 1940. In the 1940s he served as president of the American Writers Association, a group of anti-Communist writers.
H. P. Lovecraft said of Hughes in a letter to Clark Ashton Smith,
- "Chambers is like Rupert Hughes and a few other fallen Titans – equipped with the right brains and education but wholly out of the habit of using them."
- Famous American Composers (1900)
- The Biographical Dictionary of Musicians (1903)
- Excuse Me (1911), novel
- Within These Walls (1923)
- Destiny (1925), novel
- George Washington: The Human Being and the Hero (1926)
- Washington 1789---1933 Roosevelt, article from Cosmopolitan March (1933)
- The Triumphant Clay (1951), novel
- The War of the Mayan King (1952, his final novel)
- The Dozen from Lakerim
- The Love Affairs of Great Musicians, Volume 1 and Volume 2
Hughes' short story "Don't Call Me Madame" was filmed as Tillie and Gus (1933). Another of his stories was filmed as Miss Fane's Baby Is Stolen (1934).
This 1921 Vanity Fair
caricature by Ralph Barton
shows the famous people who, he imagined, left work each day in Hollywood; use cursor to identify individual figures.
- James O. Kemm. Rupert Hughes: A Hollywood Legend (1997)
- ^ New General Catalog of Old Books and Authors
- ^ 1933 Published in:``Liberty Magazine, Vol. 10 No. 7, February 18, 1933 & Technocracy Digest, 4th quarter 1997, No. 326 http://web.archive.org/web/20041020053638/http://www.technocracy.org/articles/rescue.html
- ^ Kemm (1997)
- ^ Fine, Richard (1992). James M. Cain and the American Authors' Authority. University of Texas Press. p. 208. ISBN 0-292-74024-7.
- ^ Lovecraft, Selected Letters vol. 2, ed. August Derleth and Donald Wandrei (Arkham House, 1968), p. 148.
- ^ Vanity Fair magazine September 1921, accessed 2009
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