George Barr McCutcheon

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George Barr McCutcheon

George Barr McCutcheon (July 26, 1866 – October 23, 1928) was an American popular novelist and playwright. His best known works include the series of novels set in Graustark, a fictional East European country, and the novel Brewster's Millions, which was adapted into a play and several films.


McCutcheon was born in Tippecanoe County, Indiana. His father, despite his own lack of formal education, stressed the value of literature and encouraged his sons to write. During McCutcheon's childhood, his father had a number of jobs that required travel around the county. McCutcheon studied at Purdue University and was a roommate of future humorist George Ade. During his college years, he was editor of the Lafayette Daily Courier and wrote a serial novel of satire about Wabash River life.

Although McCutcheon became famous for the Graustark series (the first novel was published in 1901), he hated the characterization of being a Romantic and preferred to be identified with his playwriting.

He was the older brother of noted cartoonist John T. McCutcheon and died in Manhattan, New York City, New York.

McCutcheon, along with a number of other Indiana writers of the same period, is considered to be part of the Golden Age of Indiana Literature.[1]

Selected bibliography[edit]

Graustark novels[edit]

Other novels[edit]

  • Brewster's Millions (1902), ISBN 0-253-33632-5
  • Castle Craneycrow (1902)
  • The Sherrods (1903)
  • The Day of the Dog (1904)
  • The Purple Parasol (1905)
  • Nedra (1905)
  • Jane Cable (1906)
  • Cowardice Court (1906)
  • The Flyers (1907)
  • The Daughter of Anderson Crow (1907)
  • The Husbands of Edith (1908)
  • The Man from Brodney's (1908)
  • The Alternative (1909)
  • The Butterfly Man (1910)
  • The Rose in the Ring (1910)
  • Mary Midthorne (1911)
  • What's-His-Name (1911)
  • The Hollow of Her Hand 1912
  • A Fool and His Money 1913
  • Black is White 1914 (*filmed in 1920 as Black Is White)
  • Her Weight in Gold (1914)
  • Mr. Bingle (1915)[2][3]
  • From the Housetops (1916)
  • The Light that Lies (1916)
  • Green Fancy (1917)
  • Shot with Crimson (1918)
  • The City of Masks (1918)
  • Sherry (1919)
  • Anderson Crow, Detective (1920)
  • West Wind Drift (1920)
  • Quill's Window 1921
  • Viola Gwyn (1922)
  • Yollop (1922)
  • Oliver October (1923)
  • Romeo in Moon Village (1925)
  • Kindling and Ashes (1926)
  • Blades (1928)
  • The Merivales (1929)



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