Henry Cuyler Bunner

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Henry Cuyler Bunner
Born (1855-08-03)August 3, 1855
Oswego, New York, U.S.
Died May 11, 1896(1896-05-11) (aged 40)
Nutley, New Jersey, U.S.
Occupation Poet, novelist
Notable works Zenobia's Infidelity
The Tower of Babel
Spouse Alice Learned
Children 4

Henry Cuyler Bunner (August 3, 1855 – May 11, 1896) was an American novelist and poet.


Henry Cuyler Bunner was born in Oswego, New York to Rudolph Bunner, Jr. (1813–1875) and Ruth Keating Tuckerman (1821–1896) and was educated in New York City. His paternal grandparents were Rudolph Bunner (1779–1837) and Elizabeth Church (1783–1867), the daughter of John Barker Church (1748–1818) and Angelica Schuyler (1756–1814).[1]


From being a clerk in an importing house, he turned to journalism, and after some work as a reporter, and on the staff of The Arcadian (1873), he became in 1877 assistant editor of the comic weekly Puck. He soon assumed the editorship, which he held until his death. He developed Puck from a new struggling periodical into a powerful social and political organ.

In 1886, he published a novel, The Midge, followed in 1887 by The Story of a New York House. But his best efforts in fiction were his short stories and sketches Short Sixes (1891), More Short Sixes (1894), Made in France (1893), Zadoc Pine and Other Stories (1891), Love in Old Cloathes and Other Stories (1896), and Jersey Street and Jersey Lane (1896). His verses Airs from A ready and Elsewhere (1884), containing the well-known poem, The Way to Arcady; Rowen (1892); and Poems (1896), edited by his friend Brander Matthews, displaying a light play of imagination and a delicate workmanship. He also wrote clever vers de société and parodies. One of his several plays (usually written in collaboration), was The Tower of Babel (1883).

His short story Zenobia's Infidelity was made into a feature film called Zenobia starring Harry Langdon and Oliver Hardy by the Hal Roach Studio in 1939.

Personal life[edit]

Bunner married Alice Learned (1863–1952), daughter of Joshua Coit Learned (1819–1892), and granddaughter of Joshua Coit (1758–1798), U.S. Representative from Connecticut. Together, they had:[1]

  • Rudolph Bunner (1887–1888), who died young
  • Ruth Tuckerman Bunner (1890–1946), who married Harold Edwin Dimock (1884–1967) in 1917,[2] brother of Edith Dimock (1876–1955), the artist.
  • Philip Schuyler Bunner (1892–1892), who died young
  • Laurence H. Bunner (1894–1974)

Bunner died on May 11, 1896 in Nutley, New Jersey.


  1. ^ a b "Henry Cuyler Bunner". www.findagrave.com. Find A Grave Memorial. Retrieved 12 September 2016. 
  2. ^ Fourth Estate: A Weekly Newspaper for Publishers, Advertisers, Advertising Agents and Allied Interests. Fourth Estate Publishing Company. November 10, 1917. Retrieved 13 September 2016. 

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Bunner, Henry Cuyler". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. 

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