Beer, Thomas, 1889-1940

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Thomas Beer was an author of short stories, novels, and non-fiction prose. Beer was born in Council Bluffs, Iowa and raised in Yonkers, New York. He attended Yale University from which he graduated in 1911. Beer enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in France at the end of World War I. Between 1917 and 1936 Beer published a number of short stories in Saturday Evening Post, and while his short stories provided him with financial security, Beer was more interested in his other writing projects. Beer's novels include The Fair Rewards (1922), Sandoval (1924), and The Road to Heaven (1928). Beer is also known for his non-fiction writings, such as The Mauve Decade: American Life at the End of the Nineteenth Century (1926), Hanna (1929), which is a biography of Mark Hanna, and Stephen Crane: A Study in American Letters (1923). While on the surface Beer appearred successful, his personal life and writing career were troubled. While Stephen Crane was a critical success and was lauded as an important resource about Stephen Crane when it was initially published, it is now believed that Beer based the biography on forgeries of his own devising and portrays a number of fictional events and people. In 1938 Beer suffered a nervous breakdown for which he was briefly institutionalized and in 1940 he died of a heart attack (although it's believed his death may have been a suicide).

From the guide to the Thomas Beer collection, 1920-1947, (Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library)

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creatorOf Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. Records. Series V., Editor Files, 1873-1984 (bulk 1960-1980). Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn Beer family. Beer family papers, 1740-1981 (inclusive), 1827-1981 (bulk). Yale University Library
referencedIn Beer family papers, 1740-1981, 1827-1981 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
creatorOf Vitelli, James R., 1920-. Stephen Crane Collection Acquisition Papers, 1925-1960. Lafayette College
referencedIn Howells family papers, 1850-1954 (inclusive). Houghton Library
referencedIn Reynolds, Paul Revere, 1864-1944. Records, 1899-1980. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Beer, Thomas, 1889-1940. Letter to [?]. Yonkers, NY. [19--] University of Iowa Libraries
creatorOf Beer, Thomas, 1889-1940. Letters, 1928-1940, to Lewis Mumford. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Beer, Thomas, 1889-1940. Papers of Thomas Beer [manuscript], 1929-32. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Thomas Beer collection, 1920-1947 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Beer, Thomas, 1889-1940. Letter to [Vanity Fair]. Younkers, NY. [19--] University of Iowa Libraries
creatorOf Beer, Thomas, 1889-1940. Letter to Miss [?] Sieve. Younkers, NY. [19--] University of Iowa Libraries
creatorOf Beer, Thomas, 1889-1940. Typed letter signed to Phil Kubel, 1933 July 31. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Ros, Amanda McKittrick, 1860-1939. Helen Huddleson : fragments : manuscript, [between ca. 1918 and ca. 1939] Houghton Library
creatorOf Beer, Thomas, 1889-1940. Apotheosis : story, 1927. Ohio State University Libraries
creatorOf Beer, Thomas, 1889-1940. Correspondence to Van Wyck Brooks, 1920-1925. University of Pennsylvania Library
referencedIn Wesley Winans Stout Papers, 1913-1954 Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Beer, Thomas, 1889-1940. Correspondence, 1927-1940, from Lewis Mumford. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Conrad, Joseph, 1857-1924. Extracts copied from the introduction to Crane's biography : typescript, [n.d. / Joseph Conrad]. Texas Tech University Libraries, Academic Library
creatorOf Glasgow, Ellen Anderson Gholson, 1873-1945. Papers of Ellen Glasgow [manuscript], 1880-1963. University of Virginia. Library
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associatedWith Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. corporateBody
associatedWith Beer family family
associatedWith Beer family. family
associatedWith Boyd, Ernest Augustus, 1887-1946 person
associatedWith Conrad, Joseph, 1857-1924. person
associatedWith Fitzgerald, F. Scott (Francis Scott), 1896-1940. person
associatedWith Ford, Ford Madox, 1873-1939. person
associatedWith Gibbons, Floyd Phillips, 1887-1939. person
associatedWith Glasgow, Ellen Anderson Gholson, 1873-1945. person
associatedWith Kubel, Phil. person
associatedWith Lorimer, George Horace, 1869-1937, person
associatedWith Porter, Cole, 1891-1964. person
associatedWith Reynolds, Paul Revere, 1864-1944. person
associatedWith Ros, Amanda McKittrick, 1860-1939. person
associatedWith Rose, Pat. person
associatedWith Salpeter, Mr., person
associatedWith Stout, Wesley Winans, 1890- person
associatedWith Vitelli, James R., 1920- person
Place Name Admin Code Country
American literature
Authors, American


Birth 1889-11-22

Death 1940-04-18





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SNAC ID: 5577655