Joseph Lewis French (1858–1936) was a novelist, editor, poet and newspaper man. The New York Times noted in 1925 that he may be "the most industrious anthologist of his time." He is known for his popular themed collections, and published over twenty-five books between 1918 and his death in 1936. He founded two magazines, The New West (circa 1887) and The Wave (circa 1890). Afterwards he worked for newspapers "across the country" contributing poetry and articles. 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."
^"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.
^ abcdJoseph 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.