Roberts, Kenneth Lewis, 1885-1957

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From the description of Papers of Kenneth Lewis Roberts, 1919-1956. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71063732

American author specializing in the writing of richly detailed historical fiction.

From the description of Papers of Kenneth Roberts, 1911-1947. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 32136005

American novelist, born Kennebunk, Maine, 1887. Staff correspondent for the Saturday evening post, 1919-; author of many historical novels including Arundel (1930), Northwest passage (1937), and Oliver Wiswell (1940); received special Pulitzer Prize for his historical fiction (1957). Died, Kennebunkport, Maine, 1957.

From the description of Papers, 1912-1957. (Dartmouth College Library). WorldCat record id: 238647838

Kenneth Lewis Roberts was born in Kennebunkport, Maine in 1885. In 1908 he earned an A.B. degree at Cornell University where he had been editor-in-chief of the Cornell Widow. The following year he joined the staff of the Boston Post. He served in World War I as a Military Intelligence Officer. Well known as staff correspondent for the Saturday Evening Post and as an author of travel books, Roberts retired in 1928 to write the Chronicles of Arundel, a series of Maine historical novels; the series eventually included Arundel (1930), The Lively Lady (1931), Rabble in Arms (1933), and Captain Caution (1934). His later novels included Northwest Passage (1937), Oliver Wiswell (1940), Lydia Bailey (1946), and Boon Island (1955 : about an actual shipwreck in early Maine history). He died in 1957.

From the description of Papers, 1935-1955. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 55895405

Author; b. Kennebunk, Me.

From the description of Kenneth Lewis Roberts correspondence, 1942-1950. (Maine Historical Society Library). WorldCat record id: 227800590

Roberts specialized in the writing of richly detailed historical fiction.

From the description of Papers: 1911-1947. (Waverly Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122493294

Kenneth Lewis Roberts was born on December 8, 1885 in Kennebunk, Maine. He was a reporter, humor columnist, editor, and historical novelist. His major works include Arundel (1930), Northwest Passage (1937), and Oliver Wiswell (1940). Roberts died in Kennebunkport, Maine, on July 21, 1957.

From the description of Kenneth Roberts papers, 1906-1957 (inclusive) 1937-1940 (bulk). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702131706

Professor of Civil Engineering, Cornell University.

From the description of Kenneth Lewis Roberts Footsteps in the Forest, 1991. (Cornell University Library). WorldCat record id: 64041488

American journalist, author, editor.

From the description of Correspondence, 1918-1956. (Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center (HRC); University of Texas at Austin). WorldCat record id: 122640537

Kenneth Roberts was born in Kennebunk, Maine, and educated at Cornell. He worked as a journalist and wrote articles for various periodicals, making his name as a humorist, and served in military intelligence in World War I, while continuing to publish articles under a pseudonym. Booth Tarkington helped him plan his first novel, Arundel, and he became a master of painstakingly researched historical fiction, perhaps most notably Northwest Passage; he was awarded a special Pulitzer Prize for historical fiction. Roberts was a talented, diverse writer, writing several popular, criticially-acclaimed novels, and producing non-fiction throughout his life, including works on dowsing, literary criticism, his beloved Maine, and Florida.

From the description of Kenneth Roberts letters to Franklin P. Adams, 1918. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 70901327

Kenneth Lewis Roberts was born in Kennebunk, Maine, on December 8, 1885. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University in 1908, and over the next two decades served as a reporter, special writer, humor columnist, editor, correspondent, and foreign correspondent for various nationally known newspapers and magazines. During the 1920s he wrote several works of non-fiction, and in 1928 left journalism to become a full-time author.

Roberts felt strongly about historical accuracy and conducted extensive research to provide background for his novels. The backdrop for most of his fiction was northeastern America during the periods of the French and Indian War, the American Revolution, and the War of 1812. His major works include Arundel, The Lively Lady, Rabble in Arms, Northwest Passage, Oliver Wiswell,and Lydia Bailey.Shortly before his death in 1957, Roberts received a special Pulitzer citation for his historical novels.

During World War I he served as a captain in the U.S. Army with the intelligence section of the Siberian Expeditionary Force. He was married to Anna Sieberling Mosser in Boston, Massachusetts, on February 14, 1911. Kenneth Roberts died childless in Kennebunkport, Maine, on July 21, 1957.

For further biographical information, see the National Cyclopaedia of American Biography,Vol. 48, pp. 82-83, as well as folders 87-96 of this collection.

From the guide to the Kenneth Roberts papers, 1906-1957 (inclusive), 1937-1940, (Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library)

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creatorOf Allen, Hervey, 1889-1949. Letter, 1944 April 3, Coconut Grove, Florida, to Kenneth Roberts, Kennebunkport, Maine. Dartmouth College Library
creatorOf Roberts, Kenneth Lewis, 1885-1957. Correspondence, 1918-1956. Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn Randel, William Peirce, 1909-. Papers, 1941-1992. Raymond H. Fogler Library
creatorOf Roberts, Kenneth Lewis, 1885-1957. Rabble in arms : [author's revision]. Maine State Library
creatorOf Roberts, Kenneth Lewis, 1885-1957. The lively lady. Dartmouth College Library
referencedIn Literary Manuscripts collection, 1666-1990 Free Library of Philadelphia: Rare Book Department
referencedIn Houghton Mifflin Company correspondence and records, 1832-1944. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Neiburg, Jack. Papers of a Massachusetts rare book dealer [manuscript] 1944-55. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Roberts, Kenneth Lewis, 1885-1957. Kenneth Lewis Roberts correspondence, 1942-1950. Maine Historical Society Library
creatorOf Forester, C. S. (Cecil Scott), 1899-1966. C.S. Forester papers, 1940-1964. The California Digital Library
referencedIn Williams, Annie Laurie, 1894-1977. Annie Laurie Williams records, 1922-1971. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Kenneth Roberts papers, 1906-1957 (inclusive), 1937-1940 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn John Phillips Marquand correspondence, 1892-1960. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Roberts, Kenneth Lewis, 1885-1957. Letter : Kennebunkport, Maine to Alice E. Ford, New York City, 1948 August 3. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Neiburg, Jack. Correspondence Neiburg of Williams Book Store, Boston, with Kenneth Lewis Roberts and Merrill Moore [manuscript] 1941-55. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn John Tebbel Papers, 1936-1985 Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
creatorOf Roberts, Kenneth Lewis, 1885-1957. Letter to Kenneth Wood [manuscript], 1943, November 27. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Berry, Romeyn, 1881-1957. Romeyn Berry family papers, 1636-1960. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Simon, Richard L. (Richard Leo), 1899-1960. Papers, 1915-1992. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Roberts, Kenneth Lewis, 1885-1957. Book plate imprinted Kenneth Roberts. Maine State Library
referencedIn Sims, William Sowden, 1858-1936. William Sowden Sims papers, 1856-1951 (bulk 1900-1936). Library of Congress
referencedIn William Sowden Sims Papers, 1856-1951, (bulk 1900-1936) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Roberts, Kenneth Lewis, 1885-1957. Arundel : a chronicle of the province of Maine and of the secret expedition led by Benedict Arnold against Quebec : [author's revision]. Maine State Library
referencedIn Kelley, Mary Carpenter. Mary Carpenter Kelley collection, 1933-1969. Brick Store Museum
creatorOf O'Conor, Norreys Jephson, b. 1885. Papers of Norreys Jephson O'Conor, 1890-1964 (bulk 1940-1958). Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
creatorOf Adams, Reily Gibson, 1911-. Papers, 1912-1981. Indiana University
referencedIn Houghton Mifflin Company contracts, 1831-1979 (inclusive) 1880-1940 (bulk). Houghton Library.
creatorOf Cornell University. Cornell University songs and sheet music, 1874-1915. Cornell University Library
creatorOf Kenneth Roberts collection, 1919-1972. UNH Durham, Dimond Library
creatorOf Roberts, Kenneth Lewis, 1885-1957. Papers: 1911-1947. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Ken McCormick Collection of Doubleday and Company, Inc., Records, 1882-1992, (bulk 1910-1992) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Lewis Gannett papers, 1681-1966 (inclusive) 1900-1960 (bulk). Houghton Library.
referencedIn Correspondence, 1860-1979. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Bement, Louis C. Register of old "grads," would be "grads," and busts, 1913-1925. Cornell University Library
creatorOf Roberts, Kenneth Lewis, 1885-1957. Papers, 1935-1955. Raymond H. Fogler Library
creatorOf Kimball, Moses. Diary, 1775-1776. Dartmouth College Library
creatorOf Adams, Elbridge L., 1866-. Collection of books from the library of William Faulkner. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Ken McCormick collection of the records of Doubleday and Company, Inc., 1882-1992 (bulk 1910-1992). Library of Congress
referencedIn Lathem, Edward Connery. Papers relating to Grant Wood's Oliver Wiswell, 1940-1967. New Hampshire Newsp Project
referencedIn Frederick Hale Papers, 1917-1940 Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
referencedIn Lorimer, George Horace, 1869-1937. Papers, 1912-1936. Indiana Historical Society Library
creatorOf Choate, Robert B. (Robert Burnett), 1898-1963. Letters, 1933-1956. Dartmouth College Library
creatorOf Roberts, Kenneth Lewis, 1885-1957. Kenneth Roberts letters to Franklin P. Adams, 1918. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
creatorOf Roberts, Kenneth Lewis, 1885-1957. Papers, 1912-1957. Dartmouth College Library
creatorOf Pierce, John, 1745?-1808. Diary, 1775 Sept. 8 - 1776 Jan. 16. Dartmouth College Library
creatorOf Roberts, Kenneth Lewis, 1885-1957. Kenneth Roberts papers, 1906-1957 (inclusive) 1937-1940 (bulk). Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Small, Harry,. Tercentenary celebration, Kennebunkport, collection, 1931-1953. Brick Store Museum
referencedIn Kahler, Hugh MacNair, 1883-1969. Hugh MacNair Kahler papers, 1900-1964 (bulk 1900-1950). Princeton University Library
creatorOf Roberts, Kenneth Lewis, 1885-1957. Kenneth Lewis Roberts Footsteps in the Forest, 1991. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Alexander G. Ruthven Papers, 1901-1961, 1906-1951 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Autograph collection of American writers, 1808-1970. Temple University Libraries, Paley Library
creatorOf Neiburg, Jack. Correspondence of Jack Neiburg with H. L. Mencken and Kenneth L. Roberts. [manuscript] 1941-1947. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Bales, Jack. Papers, 1985-1993. New Hampshire Newsp Project
referencedIn Romeyn Berry family papers, 1636-1960. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
creatorOf Arnold, Benedict, 1741-1801. [Account sheets of the Quebec expedition, 1775-1776.]. Dartmouth College Library
creatorOf West, Herbert Faulkner, 1898-1974. Papers, 1909-1975. Dartmouth College Library
referencedIn McCormick, Ken, 1906-. Ken McCormick collection of the records of Doubleday and Company, Inc., 1882-1992 (bulk 1910-1992). Library of Congress
creatorOf Roberts, Kenneth Lewis, 1885-1957. Papers of Kenneth Roberts, 1911-1947. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Clark, Robert Sterling, 1877-1956. Sterling and Francine Clark Papers: Reading Library, 1707-1961. Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, The Clark
referencedIn Hugh MacNair Kahler Papers, 1900-1964, 1900-1950 Princeton University. Library. Dept. of Rare Books and Special CollectionsManuscripts Division
creatorOf Roberts, Kenneth Lewis, 1885-1957. Letter : Kennebunkport, Maine to Alice E. Ford, New York City, 1948 August 3 [manuscript]. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Roberts, Kenneth Lewis, 1885-1957. Papers of Kenneth Lewis Roberts, 1919-1956. Library of Congress
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associatedWith Moreau de Saint-Méry, M. L. E. (Médéric Louis Elie), 1750-1819 person
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associatedWith Stone, Frank. person
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associatedWith Wood, Kenneth, person
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Place Name Admin Code Country
Maine
Maine
Maine--Kennebunkport
United States
Maine--Boon Island
Siberia (Russia)
Maine
United States
New England
Maine
United States
United States
Maine
New England
United States
Maine
Kennebunkport (Me.)
Boon Island (Me.)
United States
Subject
Male authors, American--20th century--Correspondence
Dowsers
Shipwrecks--History--18th century--Fiction
World War, 1914-1918 Secret service
Furniture repairing
Civil engineering--Study and teaching
Picture frames and framing
Publishers and Publishing
Novelists, American--20th century--Correspondence
Engineering--Study and teaching
Canadian Invasion, 1775-1776--Fiction
Figureheads of ships
Bibliographers, American
Authors, American
Book collecting
Realism in literature
dowsing
United States--History--Revolution, 1776-1783
Literature
Editors, American
Best sellers
Landscape architecture
Towne, Langdon (Ficticious character)
Occupation
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Authors
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Birth 1885-12-08

Death 1957-07-21

Americans

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