Joseph Lewis French

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Joseph Lewis French (1858–1936) was a novelist, editor, poet and newspaper man.[1] The New York Times noted in 1925 that he may be "the most industrious anthologist of his time."[2] He is known for his popular themed collections, and published over twenty-five books between 1918 and his death in 1936.[3] He founded two magazines, The New West (c. 1887) and The Wave (c. 1890).[3] Afterwards he worked for newspapers "across the country" contributing poetry and articles.[3] He struggled financially, and in 1927 the New York Graphic, a daily tabloid, published an autobiographical article they convinced him to write, entitled "I'm Starving – Yet I'm in Who's Who as the Author of 27 Famous Books."[3]


  • The Best Ghost Stories, introduced by Arthur B. Reeve. New York: Boni & Liveright, 1919
  • The Best Psychic Stories. New York: Boni & Liveright, c.1920
  • A Breath of Desire : XXVIII sonnets. Boston: French, 1901
  • Christ in Art. Boston: L. C. Page & Company, 1906c1899[clarification needed]
  • Great Ghost Stories, selected by Joseph Lewis French, with a foreword by James H. Hyslop. New York: Dodd, Mead and Company, 1918
  • Great Pirate Stories, edited by Joseph Lewis French. New York: Tudor, c.1922
  • Great Sea Stories. New York: Brentano's, c.1921
  • Masterpieces of Mystery. Garden City, New York: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1920
  • Masterpieces of Mystery, Vol. 1: Ghost Stories. Garden City, N. Y.: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1922. (Volume 1 of 4.)
  • Masterpieces of Mystery In Four Volumes: Detective Stories
  • Masterpieces of Mystery In Four Volumes: Mystic-Humorous Stories
  • Masterpieces of Mystery: Riddle Stories
  • The Pioneer West; narratives of the westward march of empire, selected and edited by Joseph Lewis French. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1923


  1. ^ "Joseph L. French, Author, Dead at 78. With 27 Books to His Credit, He Wrote in 1927 That He Was Starving. Had Founded Magazines. Penned Sea, Adventure and Ghost Stories. Was Journalist.". New York Times. December 15, 1936. Retrieved 2009-09-14. 
  2. ^ "Lee Scuppers and Pieces of Eight; Two New Anthologies of "Great Sea Stories" and "Great Pirate Stories" GREAT SEA STORIES SECOND SERIES. Edited by Joseph Lewis French. 348 pp. New York: Brentano's $2. GREAT PIRATE STORIES: SECOND SERIES. Edited by Joseph Lewis French. 314 pp. New York: Brentano's. $2." New York Times, May 3, 1925.
  3. ^ a b c d Joseph Lewis French (1858-1936), The Harry Ransom Center's web exhibition "The Greenwich Village Bookshop Door: A Portal to Bohemia, 1920–1925" , Molly Schwartzburg, Cline Curator of Literature.

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