Powell, E. Alexander (Edward Alexander), 1879-

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Birth 1879-08-16
Death 1957-11-13

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Author. Died 1957.

From the description of E. Alexander Powell papers, 1893-1957. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71010081

E. Alexander Powell (1879-1957) was an American adventurer, writer and foreign correspondent, author of more than thirty books on travel and adventure. A graduate of Syracuse University and Oberlin College, he served in the American consular service, and with the American Expeditionary Forces during World War I. According to his obituary, over the course of his career he was "[h]eld up by bandits, challenged to a duel, pok[ed] into insurrection in Crete, witness[ed] the eruption of Vesuvius, and hobnobb[ed] with national leaders" but "progressed steadily around the world, surviving all disasters and busily producing copy for English and American publications."

From the guide to the E. Alexander Powell Letter, 1915, (Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries)

Biographical Note

  • 1879, Aug. 16: Born, Syracuse, N.Y.
  • 1898 - 1899 : Worked for Syracuse Journal
  • 1902: Became editor of Craftsman
  • 1903 - 1904 : Advertising manager, Smith Premier Typewriter Company, London, England
  • 1905 - 1906 : Served in Near East as a correspondent for British and American publications
  • 1906 - 1909 : Consular official in Syria and Egypt
  • 1912: Published The Last Frontier. New York, C. Scribner's Sons
  • 1913 - 1955 : Traveled in Europe and Mexico Published books on World War I and on travel and adventure, including Brothers in Arms, Boston and New York, Houghton Mifflin Co. (1917); Fighting in Flanders, New York, C. Scribner's Sons (1914); Thunder Over Europe, New York, I. Wishburn (1931)
  • 1957, Nov. 14: Died, Falls Village, Conn.

From the guide to the E. Alexander Powell Papers, 1893-1957, (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)


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