Frederic, Harold, 1856-1898

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Harold Frederic was an American writer of short stories and a newspaper editor and journalist for the New York Times.

From the description of Harold Frederic reply to J.B. and J.L. Gilder, 1896. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 39245620

American-English journalist and novelist.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : [n.p.], to "My dear old friend" [David Christie-Murray], [1894] Sept. 7. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270870828

American journalist and novelist; following bankruptcy of his "Albany Eveing Journal" became London correspondent for New York Times in 1884, and spent rest of life in Europe; Mohawk Valley the scene of much of his fiction.

From the description of Papers of Harold Frederic, 1886-1899. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 34567138

American journalist and novelist; following bankrupcy of his "Albany Eveing Journal" became London correspondent for New York Times in 1884, and spent rest of life in Europe; Mohawk Valley the scene of much of his fiction.

From the description of Papers of Harold Frederic [manuscript], 1886-1899. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647877270

Journalist, novelist, and playwright.

From the description of Harold Frederic papers, 1893-1897. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 83123530

American journalist and novelist.

Frederic did not receive a divorce from his first wife, Grace Williams, and took her and their children to London. But while there, he established a relationship with Kate Forman. He maintained both households in England until he died there in 1898, and was survived by children from each. Kate became part of his social and literary world, developing a close friendship with his friends, Stephen and Cora Crane, which continued after Frederic's death.

From the description of Harold Frederic papers, 1887-1939. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 495526599

Biographical Note

  • 1856, Aug. 19: Born, Utica, N.Y.
  • 1876: Editorial staff member, Utica Herald
  • 1877: Married Grace Green Williams
  • 1881: Editor-in-chief, Utica Herald Editor, Albany Evening Journal Correspondent for New York Times, London, England
  • 1887: Published Seth's Brother's Wife; A Study of Life in the Greater New York. New York: C. Scribner's Sons
  • 1892: Published The Return of the O'Mahony. New York: Robert Bonner
  • 1896: Published The Damnation of Theron Ware. New York: Stone & Kimball
  • 1898: Published Gloria Mundi. New York: Herbert S. Stone & Co.
  • 1898, Oct. 19: Died, London, England

From the guide to the Harold Frederic Papers, 1891-1897, (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

Harold Frederic (1856-1898) was an American journalist and novelist who served as the London correspondent for the New York Times .

Harold Frederic was born on August 19, 1856 in Utica, New York to Henry Frederick and Frances Ramsdell Frederick. His father, a railroad conductor, was tragically killed in a railroad accident when Harold was eighteen months old. Frederic spent his youth working on his step father's dairy farm. Around 1876, Frederic joined the Utica Daily Observer as a reporter. He worked his way up to editor and by 1882 he was asked to be editor-in-chief of the Albany Evening Journal . When the paper was sold in 1884 Frederic left for London to serve as the London correspondent of the New York Times .

Frederic married Grace Williams on October 10, 1877. Together they had two daughters, Ruth and Ruby, and three sons, Harold (d. 1887), Hereward, and Harold. In 1890, Frederic took Kate Lyon as his mistress. Since his wife, Grace, refused a divorce, Frederic began supporting two families in 1891. In addition to the five children from his marriage, Frederic had three children with Lyon. Frederic suffered a stroke in August 1898, leaving him partially paralyzed. He died October 19, 1898 at the age of 42.

  • 1887: Seth's Brother's Wife; A Study of Life in the Greater New York
  • 1890: In the Valley The Lawton Girl
  • 1891: The Young Emperor William II of Germany; A Study in Character Development on a Throne
  • 1892: The New Exodus; A Study of Israel in Russia The Return of O'Mahoney
  • 1893: The Copperhead
  • 1894: The Copperhead and Other Stories of the North during the American War Marsena, and Other Stories of the Wartime
  • 1896: Illumination (republished as The Damnation of Theron Ware) Marsena Mrs. Albert Grundy; Observations in Philistia March Hares, as George Forth
  • 1897: In the Sixties
  • 1898: The Deserter and Other Stories; A Book of Two Wars Gloria Mundi
  • 1899: The Market-Place

From the guide to the Harold Frederic Letters, 1893-1898, (Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries)

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creatorOf Frederic, Harold, 1856-1898. Papers of Harold Frederic, 1886-1899. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Frederic, Harold, 1856-1898,. Autograph letters signed from Harold Frederic to Augustin Daly [manuscript], 1878-1895. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Sharman, William, 1841-1889. Papers, 1858-1888. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn Howells family papers, 1850-1954 (inclusive). Houghton Library
creatorOf Frederic, Harold, 1856-1898. Autograph letter signed : London, to Christie, [n.d.], "Saturday Afternoon." Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Frederic, Harold, 1856-1898. Harold Frederic papers, 1887-1939. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Warren, Arthur, 1860-1924. Letters received, 1884-1920. Boston Athenaeum
creatorOf Frederic, Harold, 1856-1898. Harold Frederic papers, 1893-1897. Library of Congress
creatorOf Frederic, Harold, 1856-1898. Harold Frederic reply to J.B. and J.L. Gilder, 1896. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
creatorOf Harold Frederic Letters, 1893-1898 Syracuse University. Library. Special Collections Research Center
creatorOf Frederic, Harold, 1856-1898. Autograph letter signed : [n.p.], to "My dear old friend" [David Christie-Murray], [1894] Sept. 7. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Thomas, Brandon, 1856-1914,. Autograph letters signed from Brandon Thomas, London and Paris, to Augustin Daly [manuscript], 1890-1891. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Hubbard, Elbert, 1856-1915,. Stephen Crane letter to Elbert Hubbard [manuscript], 11898. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Frederic, Harold, 1856-1898. Papers of Harold Frederic [manuscript], 1886-1899. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Crane, Cora, 1865 or 6-1910. Cora Crane papers, 1886-1910. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Harold Frederic Papers, 1891-1897 Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Page, Walter Hines, 1855-1918, recipient. Letters from various correspondents, American period, 1876-1937 Houghton Library
referencedIn O'Donnell, Thomas Francis, 1915-1980. Papers, 1940-1978. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
creatorOf Moffett, Wallace B. Frederic-Moffett papers. Michigan State University Libraries, Main Library
referencedIn Papers, 1860-1928. Houghton Library
creatorOf James, Henry, 1843-1916. Papers of Henry James [manuscript], 1876-1915, 1930-1939. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Engel, Solton and Julia,. Collection of Literary Letters, Manuscripts and Drawings, 1832-1935. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Frederic, Harold, 1856-1898. Letter to E.G. Dunnell. London, Eng. 1886 Dec. 28. University of Iowa Libraries
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associatedWith Baxter, Sylvester, 1850-1927 person
correspondedWith Blood, Benjamin Paul, 1832-1919 person
associatedWith Christie, person
associatedWith Crane, Cora, 1865 or 6-1910. person
associatedWith Crane, Stephen, 1871-1900. person
correspondedWith Daly, Augustin, 1838-1899 person
associatedWith Dayton, Charles Willoughby. person
associatedWith Engel, Solton and Julia, person
associatedWith Forman, Helen. person
associatedWith Forman, Kate Lyon. person
associatedWith Frederic, Grace person
associatedWith Frederic, Grace Williams. person
associatedWith Gilder, Jeannette L. (Jeannette Leonard), 1849-1916, person
associatedWith Gilder, Joseph Benson, 1858-1936, person
associatedWith Gladstone, W. E. (William Ewart), 1809-1898. person
associatedWith Howe, John Benedict, 1859- person
associatedWith James, Henry, 1843-1916. person
associatedWith Keary, C. F. (Charles Francis), 1848-1917, person
associatedWith McClure, S. S. (Samuel Sidney), 1857-1949, person
correspondedWith Moffett, Wallace B. person
associatedWith Murray, David Christie, 1847-1907, person
associatedWith National Liberation Club. corporateBody
associatedWith O'Donnell, Thomas Francis, 1915-1980. person
associatedWith Page, Walter Hines, 1855-1918 person
associatedWith Ray, Gordon Norton, 1915- person
associatedWith Sampson Low, Marston & Company, corporateBody
associatedWith Sharman, William, 1841-1889. person
associatedWith Sheaming, W. person
associatedWith Thomas, Brandon, 1856-1914, person
associatedWith Warren, Arthur, 1860-1924. person
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Literature--American Fiction
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Authors, American--19th century--Correspondence
American fiction
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Journalists--United States
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Death 1898-10-19

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