Webster, Henry Kitchell, 1875-1932

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Illinois author.

Henry Kitchell Webster was at one time one of the most popular authors of magazine serials in America, as well as a prolific novelist, whose writing ranged from serious social commentary to charming adventure, romance and mystery yarns. Webster was born and spent his life in Evanston, Illinois. He graduated from Hamilton College in 1897, taught for a year, and then settled down to begin his literary career. He and his friend Samuel Merwin collaborated on several works such as Calumet K in 1901, using Chicago as inspiration. Webster then continued to write novels until 1929, and became instrumental in making books into best sellers. Two of his most popular and admired works were An American Family in 1918, and Mary Wollaston in 1920. Webster became wildly successful as a highly paid writer of stories, and his steady flow of short fiction was in continual demand by such magazines as The Saturday Evening Post, Everybody's and McClure's. To satisfy a reading public eager for pleasant diversion, he set himself up as a one-man fiction factory, dictating his work to a stenographer at the rate of 20,000 words a week. There also was a great demand by a growing film industry for characters and plots, and as early as 1912 Webster worked on a screen scenario for a story, "Cinderella", and in 1915, "The Green Cloak." Webster was a sociable man with many friends, a joiner of local clubs, and active in Chicago and Evanston affairs. In 1901 he married Mary Ward Orth and they had three sons: Henry Kitchell, Stokely, and Roderick Sheldon. He died in Evanston in 1932.

From the description of Henry Kitchell Webster papers, 1880-1932, bulk 1900-1932. (Newberry Library). WorldCat record id: 659534298

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associatedWith Agnew, Frances, b. 1891. person
associatedWith Allen, A. Hylton. person
associatedWith American Committee for Devastated France. corporateBody
associatedWith Ames, Winthrop, 1870-1937. person
associatedWith Authors' League of America. corporateBody
associatedWith Bobbs-Merrill Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Burgess, Gelett, 1866-1951. person
associatedWith Burroughs, Edgar Rice, 1875-1950. person
associatedWith Butcher, Fanny, 1888-1987. person
associatedWith Carpenter, John Alden, 1876-1951. person
associatedWith Cliff Dwellers (Club) corporateBody
associatedWith Collinge, Patricia, 1894-1974. person
associatedWith Eastman, Max, 1883-1969. person
associatedWith Ferber, Edna, 1887-1968. person
associatedWith Fuller, Henry Blake, 1857-1929. person
associatedWith Garland, Hamlin, 1860-1940. person
associatedWith Gerstenberg, Alice. person
associatedWith Hamilton College (Clinton, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Hard, William, 1878-1962. person
associatedWith Howland, Hewitt H. (Hewitt Hanson), 1863-1944. person
associatedWith Jewett, Rutger B. person
associatedWith Kauser, Alice, 1872-1945. person
associatedWith Lardner, Ring, 1885-1933. person
associatedWith Leonard family. family
associatedWith Lewis, Lloyd, 1891-1949. person
associatedWith Lewis, Sinclair, 1885-1951. person
associatedWith Marbury, Elisabeth, 1856-1933. person
associatedWith Meredyth, Bess. person
associatedWith Merwin, Samuel, 1874-1936. person
associatedWith Midwest Manuscript Collection (Newberry Library) corporateBody
associatedWith Newberry Library. corporateBody
associatedWith North Shore Country Day School (Winnetka, Ill.) corporateBody
associatedWith Reynolds, Paul R. person
associatedWith Rice, Wallace, 1859-1939. person
associatedWith Sedgwick, Ellery, 1872-1960. person
associatedWith Steel Wings Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Taliaferro, Mabel, 1889-1979. person
associatedWith Tietjens, Eunice, 1884-1944. person
associatedWith Webster Electric Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Webster family. family
associatedWith Webster, Henry Kitchell, 1906- person
associatedWith Webster, Mary Ward Orth. person
associatedWith Webster, Stokely. person
associatedWith White, William Allen, 1868-1944. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
Chicago (Ill.)
American literature
Publishers and publishing
Authors, American
Novelists, American
Genealogical correspondence
Hack writers
Literary agents
Manuscripts, American
Serialized fiction
Women in the book industries and trade


Birth 1875-09-07

Death 1932-12-08


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