Charles Dudley Warner
|Charles Dudley Warner|
Warner in 1897
September 12, 1829|
Plainfield, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Died||October 20, 1900
Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.
Warner was born of Puritan descent in Plainfield, Massachusetts. From the ages of six to fourteen he lived in Charlemont, Massachusetts, the scene of the experiences pictured in his study of childhood, Being a Boy (1877). He then moved to Cazenovia, New York, and in 1851 graduated from Hamilton College, Clinton, NY. 
He worked with a surveying party in Missouri; studied law at the University of Pennsylvania; practiced in Chicago (1856–1860); was assistant editor (1860) and editor (1861–1867) of The Hartford Press, and after The Press was merged into The Hartford Courant, was co-editor with Joseph R Hawley; in 1884 he joined the editorial staff of Harper's Magazine, for which he conducted The Editor's Drawer until 1892, when he took charge of The Editor's Study. 
Warner traveled widely, lectured frequently, and was actively interested in prison reform, city park supervision, and other movements for the public good. He was the first president of the National Institute of Arts and Letters, and, at the time of his death, was president of the American Social Science Association. He first attracted attention by the reflective sketches entitled My Summer in a Garden (1870; first published in The Hartford Courant), popular for their abounding and refined humour and mellow personal charm, their wholesome love of outdoor things, their suggestive comment on life and affairs, and their delicately finished style, qualities that suggest the work of Washington Irving.
In 1873, Warner and Mark Twain published their co-authored book The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today, which gave that era of American history its name. Charles Dudley Warner is known for making the famous remark,
Everybody complains about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.
This was quoted by Mark Twain in a lecture, and is still commonly misattributed to Twain.
The citizens of San Diego so appreciated his flattering description of their city in his book, Our Italy, that they named three consecutive streets in the Point Loma neighborhood after him: Charles Street, Dudley Street, and Warner Street.
Selected list of works
- My Summer in a Garden and Calvin [his cat], A Study of Character (Boston: James R. Osgood & Co., 1870)
- Saunterings (descriptions of travel in eastern Europe, 1872)
- BackLog Studies (1872)
- Baddeck, And That Sort of Thing (1874), travels in Nova Scotia and elsewhere
- My Winter on the Nile (1876)
- In the Levant (1876)
- In the Wilderness (1878)
- A Roundabout Journey, in Europe (1883)
- On Horseback, in the Southern States (1888)
- Studies in the South and West, with Comments on Canada (1889)
- Our Italy, etc. [A description of Southern California.] (1891)
- The Relation of Literature to Life (1896)
- The People for Whom Shakespeare Wrote (1897)
- Fashions in Literature (1902)
He also edited The American Men of Letters series, to which he contributed an excellent biography of Washington Irving (1881), and edited a large Library of the World's Best Literature.
- As We Were Saying (1891)
- As We Go (1893)
- The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today (in collaboration with Mark Twain, 1873)
- Their Pilgrimage (1886)
- A Little Journey in the World (1889)
- The Golden House (1894)
- That Fortune (1899).
- Andrews, Kenneth R. (1950). Nook Farm: Mark Twain's Hartford Circle. Harvard University Press. Has a lot on Warner, including a complete bibliography of his works.
- Fields, Annie A. (1904). Charles Dudley Warner. New York: McClure, Phillips & Co.
- Lounsbury, T.R. (1904). "Biographical Sketch." In: The Complete Writings of Charles Dudley Warner, Vol. XV. Hartford, Conn: American Publishing Co., pp. i–xxxviii.
- Matthews, Brander (1902). "Mr. Charles Dudley Warner as a Writer of Fiction." In: Aspects of Fiction. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, pp. 280–297.
- Paine, A.B. (1912). Mark Twain: A Biography. New York: Harper & Brothers.
- Chisholm 1911.
- "CHARLES DUDLEY WARNER". Cedar Hill Cemetery. Retrieved 2008-04-28.
- The Book buyer. 6. C. Scribner & co. 1889.
- "Everybody Talks About the Weather, But Nobody Does Anything About It.". Quote Investigator. April 23, 2010. Retrieved February 13, 2012.
- Kramer, Ken, About San Diego, KPBS-TV
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Warner, Charles Dudley". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.
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- Charles Dudley Warner page with brief biographical sketch and links to his works available on the web, including his "Editor's Study" columns.
- CHARLES DUDLEY WARNER by Mrs. James T. Fields. New York: McClure, Phillips, & Co., 1904. Contemporary Men of Letters Series.
- Works by Charles Dudley Warner at Project Gutenberg
- Works by or about Charles Dudley Warner at Internet Archive
- Works by Charles Dudley Warner at LibriVox (public domain audiobooks)
- Calvin the Cat, A Study of Character