McFee, William, 1881-1966

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20th century American author.

From the description of William McFee writings, [ca.1913-1928]. (University of California, Berkeley). WorldCat record id: 122599069

William McFee was an English novelist, essayist, and literary critic.

From the description of William McFee collection of papers, [1914]-[1954]. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122626277

William McFee, a marine engineer and novelist, was born in London, England. He served as apprentice to several mechanical engineers and subsequently went to sea as a marine engineer rising to the position of chief engineer. McFee then went to live in the United States where he began writing novels, of which more than twenty focus on life at sea. The narrator/protagonist of many of these tales was called Chief Engineer Spenlove and was modelled on the author. His books include Ocean tramp, Casuals of the sea, and In the first watch, an autobiography.

From the description of Papers, 1928-1960. (Temple University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 122635607

Author; marine engineer.

From the description of Papers of William McFee [manuscript], 1916-1951. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647805063

McFee was born on June 15, 1881 at sea en route to England from India; attended schools in London and the East Anglian School, Bury St. Edmunds, West Suffolk; furthered his education by evening study of technical subjects at Northampton Institute and by reading at the British Museum; apprenticed in McMuirland's Engineering Shops, London, 1897-ca. 1900, and then worked as a mechanical engineer; went to sea as junior engineer in 1906, and began to write while at sea, completing two books before moving to the US to write; served as an engineer in British Navy during WWI; returned to US after the war, working as an engineer at sea for the United Fruit Company; left the sea and became a full-time writer in 1923, producing novels, short stories, and essays, almost all of which concerned the sea; became US citizen in 1925; wrote reviews and columns for the New York sun and New York times, and incidental pieces for magazines; received honorary MA from Yale Univ. in 1936; elected to National Institute of Arts and Letters, 1941; died on July 2, 1966 in New Milford, CT.

From the description of Papers, ca. 1927-1942. (University of California, Los Angeles). WorldCat record id: 38515040

English writer.

From the description of Letter : Westport, Connecticut, to Mr. E. Ordway, New York, 1941 May 23. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 32958467

From the description of Letter [manuscript]: Westport, Connecticut, to Mr. E. Ordway, New York, 1941 May 23. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647806173

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creatorOf McFee, William, 1881-1966. Letter to Keating : Westport, Conn. : LS, 1926 Dec. 18. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf McFee, William, 1881-1966. William McFee writings, [ca.1913-1928]. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Adams, Elbridge L., 1866-. Collection of books from the library of William Faulkner. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf McFee, William, 1881-1966. The sketch of an autobiography : typescript, [1933]. Princeton University Library
referencedIn Molloy, Robert, 1906-1977. Robert Molloy papers, 1929-1976. University of South Carolina, System Library Service, University Libraries
referencedIn Argus Book Shop correspondence, 1857-1955, 1930-1944 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf McFee, William, 1881-1966. Papers, ca. 1927-1942. University of California, Los Angeles
creatorOf American Merchant Marine Library Association. Correspondence with Theodore Dreiser, 1937. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Harrington, Frank G. Frank Harrington collection, 1929-1981 [manuscript] Haverford College Library
creatorOf McFee, William, 1881-1966. William McFee writings, [1925-1930] UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Morley family. Papers, 1906-1954. Haverford College Library
creatorOf McFee, William, 1881-1966. Papers, 1928-1960. Temple University Libraries, Paley Library
creatorOf Adams, James Truslow, 1878-1949. Barrett assorted authors collection, 1814-1947 University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Kieran, John, 1892-1981. Papers of John Kieran, 1917-1981. Library of Congress
creatorOf McFee, William, 1881-1966. Letter to Harry Hansen : Westport, Conn. : LS, 1927 Sept. 27. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf McFee, William, 1881-1966. Letter : Westport, Connecticut, to Mr. E. Ordway, New York, 1941 May 23. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn English literature mss., 1951-1993 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
referencedIn McFee, Beatrice. Letter to MacDonald : Westport, Conn. : ALS, 1933 Nov. 10. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf McFee, William, 1881-1966. Your cheery hail this morning pale came blowing down the breeze : poem, 1926, December 24, Westport, Conn. Brown University Archives, John Hay Library
creatorOf Chambers, Will Grant, 1867-1949. W.G. Chambers correspondence concerning Pennsylvania State College Institute of English Education, 1924-1929 (bulk 1926-1928). Pennsylvania State University Libraries
referencedIn Cerf, Bennett, 1898-1971. Bennett Cerf papers, ca. 1898-1977. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf McFee, William, 1881-1966. William McFee papers, 1922-1963. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Kaj Klitgaard Papers, 1914-1966 Syracuse University. Library. Special Collections Research Center
creatorOf McFee, William, 1881-1966. Letter [manuscript]: Westport, Connecticut, to Mr. E. Ordway, New York, 1941 May 23. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf McFee, William, 1881-1966. William McFee collection of papers, [1914]-[1954]. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf McFee, William, 1881-1966. Getting into print : typescript, 1929. Princeton University Library
creatorOf McFee, William, 1881-1966. Letters, 1926-1938. Dartmouth College Library
referencedIn Brief literary manuscripts collection, 1783-1949. Temple University Libraries, Paley Library
creatorOf Nye, Daniel Webb. Correspondence of Daniel Webb Nye, 1911-1960. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf McFee, William, 1881-1966. The harbourmaster : AMs, 1930-1931. Rosenbach Museum & Library
creatorOf McFee, William, 1881-1966. Three plays by Bernard Shaw : manuscript, 1936. Princeton University Library
referencedIn Robert H. Davis Papers, 1905-1935 Syracuse University. Library. Special Collections Research Center
creatorOf McFee, William, 1881-1966. Typescript of The seventh Victorian, 1924? Boston Public Library, Central Library in Copley Square
creatorOf McFee, William, 1881-1966. Correspondence with Van Wyck Brooks, 1931-1961. University of Pennsylvania Library
creatorOf McFee, William, 1881-1966. Papers of William McFee [manuscript], 1916-1951. University of Virginia. Library
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associatedWith Adler, Elmer, 1884-1962. person
associatedWith American Merchant Marine Library Association. corporateBody
associatedWith American Play Company, corporateBody
associatedWith Argus Book Shop (Chicago, Ill.) corporateBody
associatedWith Babb, James T. (James Tinkham), 1899-1968. person
associatedWith Beerbohm, Max, Sir, 1872-1956. person
associatedWith Bennett, Lillian B., person
associatedWith Blodgett, Glen Walton, person
associatedWith Cerf, Bennett, 1898-1971. person
associatedWith Chambers, Will Grant, 1867-1949. person
associatedWith Conrad, Joseph, 1857-1924. person
associatedWith Curle, Richard, 1883-1968. person
associatedWith Davis, Robert H. (Robert Hobart), 1869-1942 person
associatedWith Doubleday and Company, inc., corporateBody
associatedWith Enemerich, F.J. person
correspondedWith Erlanger, Alene person
associatedWith Evans, Montgomery, person
associatedWith Gaige, Crosby, 1882-1949 person
associatedWith Getchell, Everett L., 1884-1954, person
associatedWith Gilligan, Edmund, 1899- person
associatedWith Halter, E. J., person
associatedWith Hansen, Harry, 1884-1977. person
associatedWith Hart, Bertrand Kelton, 1892-1941. person
associatedWith Hart, Mary Philomena. person
associatedWith Held, John, 18891958, person
associatedWith Henderson, Archibald, 1877-1963. person
associatedWith Hersholt, Jean, 1886-1956. person
associatedWith Hoagland, Clayton. person
associatedWith Keating. person
correspondedWith Kieran, John, 1892-1981. person
associatedWith Klitgaard, Kaj. person
associatedWith Lazare, Edward, person
associatedWith Leach, Henry Goddard, 1880-1970 person
associatedWith MacDonald, Duncan. person
associatedWith Maule, Henry. person
associatedWith McFee, Beatrice. person
associatedWith McFee, William, 1881-1966. A modern Alnaschor. person
correspondedWith Molloy, Robert, 1906-1977. person
associatedWith Morgan, Stewart. person
associatedWith Morley, Christopher, 1890-1957 person
associatedWith Morley family. family
associatedWith Norris, Howes, d. 1842, person
associatedWith Nye, Daniel Webb. person
associatedWith Ordway, E., Mr. person
associatedWith Reade, Charles, 1814-1884 person
associatedWith Rose, Alfred L., person
associatedWith Rugg, Harold Goddard, 1883-1957. person
associatedWith Ruston, Arthur Faraday Makepeace. person
associatedWith Shaw, Bernard, 1856-1950. person
associatedWith Shorthouse, J. H. (Joseph Henry), 1834-1903 person
associatedWith Sieve, Myriam, person
associatedWith Sinclair, Harold, 1907-1966, person
associatedWith Smith, Henry Justin, 1875-1936 person
associatedWith Steloff, Frances, b. 1887. person
associatedWith Tomlinson, H. M. (Henry Major), 1873-1958. person
associatedWith Walpole, Hugh, Sir, 1884-1941. person
associatedWith Wheeler, Paul M., person
associatedWith Wilson, Edmund, 1895-1972. person
associatedWith Żeromski, Stefan, 1864-1925. person
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Books--Pirated editions
World War, 1914-1918--Fiction
Picaresque literature
Sea stories
Authors and publishers
Authors, British--20th century--Archives
Authors, American
English poetry
Copyright--Royalties
Authors, American--20th century
Authors, American--20th century--Archival resources
American fiction
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Dramatists, English--20th century
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Birth 1881-06-15

Death 1966-07-02

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