Alpheus Hyatt Verrill

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A. Hyatt Verrill c.1927

Alpheus Hyatt Verrill, known as Hyatt Verrill, (23 July 1871 – 14 November 1954) was an American zoologist, explorer, inventor, illustrator and author. He was the son of Addison Emery Verrill (1839–1926), the first professor of zoology at Yale University.

Hyatt Verrill wrote on a wide variety of topics, including natural history, travel, radio and whaling. He participated in a number of archaeological expeditions to the West Indies, South, and Central America. He travelled extensively throughout the West Indies, and all of the Americas, North, Central and South. Theodore Roosevelt stated: "It was my friend Verrill here, who really put the West Indies on the map.”

During 1896 he served as natural history editor of Webster's International Dictionary., and he illustrated many of his own writings as well. In 1902 Verrill invented the autochrome process of natural-color photography.

The October 1926 Amazing Stories cover-featured the first installment of Verrill's "Beyond the Pole"
Verrill's novelette "The Man Who Could Vanish" took the cover of the January 1927 Amazing Stories
Verrill's novella "The World of the Giant Ants" was the cover story for the Fall 1928 Amazing Stories Quarterly
Another installment of a Verrill serial,The Inner World, took the cover of the July 1935 Amazing Stories

Among his writings are many science fiction works including twenty six published in Amazing Stories pulp magazines. Upon his death, P. Schuyler Miller noted that Verrill "was one of the most prolific and successful writers of our time," with 115 books to his credit as well as "articles in innumerable newspapers."[1] Everett F. Bleiler described Verrill's "lost race" stories as "more literate than most of their competition, but stodgy."[2]

When the Moon Ran Wild (1962) was published posthumously using the name Ray Ainsbury.

Biographical/critical sources[edit]

  • Adapted from Who Was Who in America, Vol 3:1951-1960


  1. A-B-C of Automobile Driving 1916
  2. Along New England Shores
  3. The Amateur Carpenter
  4. Amazing Stories magazine stories (26 in various issues)
  5. America's Ancient Civilizations
  6. An American Crusoe : A Record of Remarkable Adventures on a Desert Island with Only a Jackknife
  7. Barton's Mills : A Saga of the Maine Pioneers
  8. Before the Conquerors: a Modern Adventure in the Land of the Incas
  9. Book of Camping
  10. Book of the Motor-Boat, The
  11. The Book of the Sailboat: How to Rig, Sail and Handle Small Boats
  12. Book of the West Indies, The
  13. The Boy Adventurers in the Forbidden Land
  14. The Boy Adventurers in the Land of the Monkey Men
  15. The Boy Adventurers in The Land Of El Dorado
  16. Boys Book of Buccaneers, The
  17. Boys Book of Carpentry, The
  18. Boys Book of Whalers
  19. Boy Collector's Handbook, The
  20. Boys Outdoor Vacation Book, The
  21. Carib Gold
  22. Cruise of the Cormorant
  23. Cuba of Today
  24. Cuba Past and Present
  25. The Deep Sea Hunters Adventures on a Whaler 1922
  26. Deep Sea Hunters in the Frozen Seas 1923
  27. Deep Sea Hunters In The South Seas 1924
  28. Fantastic Adventures, Volume 1, Number 1, May 1939 various stories
  29. Foods America Gave the World
  30. The Golden City, A Tale of Adventure in Unknown Guiana
  31. Gasolene Engines Their operation, use and care
  32. Great Conquerors of South and Central America
  33. Harper's Aircraft Book, Why Aeroplanes Fly, How to Make Models, And All About Aircraft, Little and Big
  34. Harper's Book for Young Gardeners
  35. Harper's Book for Young Naturalists
  36. Harper's Wireless Book/ How to Use Electricity in Telegraphing, Telephoning, and the Transmission of Power
  37. The Heart of Old New England
  38. How to Operate a Motor Car
  39. In the Wake of the Buccaneers
  40. The Inquisition
  41. Islands & Their Mysteries
  42. Isles of Spice and Palm
  43. Jamaica of today
  44. Jaunt Through Central Chile
  45. Jungle Chums: A Story Of A Boy's Adventures In British Guiana
  46. Knots, Splices and Rope Work [3]
  47. Lost Treasure: True Tales of Hidden Hoards
  48. Love Stories Of Some Famous Pirates
  49. Marooned in the Forest: The Story of a Primitive Fight for Life
  50. Minerals, metals and gems; also, all rocks and stones, as well as ores, crystals, sands, clays and earths; something of their peculiarities, how they are formed, where they are found, how mined and what uses are made of them.
  51. My Boat Trip Through the Guiana Wilderness (British Guiana) article 1916
  52. My Jungle Trails
  53. Ocean and its Mysteries, The
  54. Old Civilizations in the New World
  55. Our Indians: The Story of the Indians of The United States
  56. Panama Of Today
  57. Panama Past and Present
  58. Pets for Pleasure and Profit
  59. Perfumes and Spices: Including an Account of Soaps and Cosmetics
  60. Porto Rico past and present and San Domingo of today
  61. Radio Detectives
  62. Radio Detectives in the Jungle
  63. Radio Detectives Southward Bound
  64. Radio Detectives under the Sea
  65. Radio for Amateurs
  66. Real Americans, The
  67. Rivers and Their Mysteries
  68. Romantic and historic Florida
  69. Romantic and historic Maine (Maine Folk Tales)
  70. Romantic and historic Virginia
  71. The Savage Land
  72. Secret Treasure: Hidden Riches of the British Isles - 1931
  73. Shell collector's handbook.
  74. Smugglers and Smuggling
  75. South and Central American trade conditions of to day.
  76. Strange animals and their stories. Animals in armor. The land of Marsupials. Topsyturvy creatures. Behemoths of Scripture. Giants who took to the sea. Camels of the Andes. The strangest animal of all.
  77. Strange birds and their stories. Mysteries of bird life. Migrations. Nesting habits. Birds of beaches and deserts. Winged jewels. Clowns of birddom. Valuable birds. Bird law courts. Bird communists. Flightless birds
  78. Strange creatures of the sea
  79. Strange Customs, Manners, and Beliefs: A Remarkable Account of Curious Beliefs and Odd Superstitions, Strange Ways of Living, and Amazing Customs and
  80. Strange Fish and Their Stories.
  81. Strange Insects and Their Stories
  82. Strange prehistoric animals and their stories...
  83. Strange Reptiles And Their Stories
  84. Strange Sea Shells and their stories. How they are made and grow. How they are colored and the patterns produced. Rare shells. Shells that build a raft. Shells that bore in rocks. Giant shells. The shell that sinks ships, etc., etc.
  85. The American Indian; North, South and Central America
  86. The Boy Adventurers in the land of El Dorado
  87. The Bridge of Light
  88. The deep sea hunters; adventures on a whaler
  89. The heart of old New England
  90. The Home Radio: Up to Date. How to Make and Use It
  91. The Real Americans
  92. The Real Story of the Pirate
  93. The Strange Story of our Earth; a panorama of the growth of our planet as revealed by the sciences of geology and paleontology.
  94. They Found Gold; the story of successful treasure hunts.
  95. Thirty Years in the Jungle
  96. The Trail of the Cloven Foot
  97. Trail of the White Indians
  98. The Treasure of Bloody Gut
  99. Uncle Abner's Legacy
  100. Under Peruvian Skies
  101. Wonder Creatures of the Sea
  102. Wonder Plants and Plant Wonders
  103. The Young Collector's Handbook [What To Collect—Where To Find It. How To Have Fun With the Exciting Hobby Of Collecting]


  1. ^ "The Reference Library", Astounding Science Fiction, March 1955, p.152
  2. ^ Bleiler, Everett Franklin; Bleiler, Richard (1990). Science Fiction, the Early Years. Kent State University Press. p. 772. ISBN 0-87338-416-4. 
  3. ^

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