Kyle Onstott

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Kyle Onstott
Born January 12, 1887
Du Quoin, Illinois, United States
Died June 1, 1966(1966-06-01) (aged 79)
United States
Occupation Novelist
Genre Fiction

Kyle Onstott (January 12, 1887 in Du Quoin, Illinois – June 1, 1966)[1][unreliable source?] was an American novelist, known for his best-selling novel Mandingo (1957), which deals with slavery on an Alabama plantation with the fictional name of Falconhurst in the 1830s. The book was made into a 1961 play[2] and film of the same name, which was released in 1975.[3]

Onstott was originally a dog breeder and judge in regional dog shows, living in California with his widowed mother in the early 1900s. Having collaborated with his adopted son on a book about dog breeding, he decided to write a book that would make him rich. "Utilizing his son's anthropology research on West Africa, he handwrote Mandingo and his son served as editor. Denlinger's, a small Virginia publisher, released it and it became a national sensation."[4] A sequel and a series of other novels followed, mostly written with Lance Horner.


  • The New Art of Breeding Better Dogs (with Philip Onstott)
  • Mandingo
  • The Black Sun
  • Child of the Sun
  • Falconhurst Fancy
  • Flight to Falconhurst
  • Master of Falconhurst
  • The Tattooed Rood
  • Drum
  • Strange Harvest (with Ashley Carter)


  1. ^ Kyle Onstott profile, Good Reads.
  2. ^ "Mandingo". Playbill. 1961. 
  3. ^ "Mandingo". The New York Times. 
  4. ^ Article by Rudy Maxa, "The Master of Mandingo", The Washington Post, July 13, 1975.

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