Category: Alternative History

The Riddle of the Sands

Robert Erskine Childers (1870-1922) was an Irish author and nationalist. He studied at Trinity College, Cambridge and after graduation took a job as a clerk in the House of Commons. On the outbreak of the Second Boer War in 1899 he volunteered serving in the British Army. He was wounded in South Africa and invalided […]

Robinson Crusoe

Daniel Defoe (1659/1661-1731) was an English writer, journalist and spy, who gained enduring fame for his novel Robinson Crusoe (1719). Defoe is notable for being one of the earliest practitioners of the novel and helped popularise the genre in Britain. In some texts he is even referred to as one of the founders, if not […]

The Young Miner; or, Tom Nelson in California

Horatio Alger, Jr. (1832-1899) was a 19th-century American author who wrote approximately 135 novels. Many of his works have been described as rags to riches stories, illustrating how down-and-out boys might be able to achieve the American Dream of wealth and success through hard work, courage, determination, and concern for others. He is noted as […]

The Young Oarsmen of Lakeview

Ralph Bonehill was a pseudonym used by the Stratemeyer Syndicate. The Stratemeyer Syndicate was the producer of a number of series for children and adults at the beginning of the twentieth-century, including the Nancy Drew Mysteries, The Hardy Boys, the various Tom Swift series, The Bobbsey Twins and others. It pioneered the technique of producing […]

The Young Alaskans in the Rockies

Emerson Hough (1857-1923) was an American author, best known for writing western stories. Hough graduated from the University of Iowa with a law degree. He moved to White Oaks, New Mexico, and practiced law there but eventually turned to literary work by taking camping trips and writing about them for publication. He is best known […]

Wrecked But Not Ruined

R. M. Ballantyne (1825-1894) was a Scottish juvenile fiction writer. Born Robert Michael Ballantyne in Edinburgh, he was part of a famous family of printers and publishers. In 1848 he published his first book, Hudson’s Bay: or, Life in the Wilds of North America. For some time he was employed by Messrs Constable, the publishers, […]

The Wreck of the Titan; or, Futility

Morgan Robertson (1861-1915) was a well-known American author of short stories and novels, and the possible inventor of the periscope. Nowadays he is best known for the short fictional novel The Wreck of the Titan; or, Futility, first published in 1898. This story features an enormous British passenger liner called the Titan, which, deemed to […]

Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. Seacole in Many Lands

Mary Jane Seacole (1805-1881), sometimes known as Mother Seacole or Mary Grant, was a Jamaican-born multiracial British nurse best known for her involvement in the Crimean War (1854-1856). Her autobiography, Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. Seacole in Many Lands (1857), is a vivid account of her experiences, and is one of the earliest autobiographies of a […]

The Wood Rangers; or, The Trappers of Sonora

Thomas Mayne Reid (1818-1883), was an Irish- American novelist. ‘Captain’ Reid wrote many adventure novels akin to those written by Frederick Marryat and Robert Louis Stevenson. These novels contain action that takes place primarily in untamed settings: the American West, Mexico, South Africa, the Himalayas, and Jamaica. Reid had his first poem published in Godey’s […]

A Woman’s Will

Anne Warner (1869-1913) was the author of Susan Clegg and her Friend Mrs. Lathrop (1904), Susan Clegg and her Neighbors’ Affairs (1906), Seeing France with Uncle John (1906), Susan Clegg and a Man in the House (1907), The Rejuvenation of Aunt Mary (1910), Susan Clegg and her Love Affairs (1916), Susan Clegg and A Man […]

Won from the Waves

William Henry Giles Kingston (1814-1880), was a writer of tales for boys. He was born in London, but spent much of his youth in Oporto. His first book, The Circassian Chief, appeared in 1844. His first book for boys, Peter the Whaler, was published in 1851, and had such success that he retired from business […]

Wolfville Days

Alfred Henry Lewis (1857-1914) wrote under the pen name Quin; Dan Quin. He wrote: Wolfville (1897), The Old Plantation Home (1899), Sandburrs (1900), Richard Croker (1901), Wolfville Days (1902), Wolfville Nights (1902), How the Raven Died (1902), The Boss, And How He Came to Rule New York (1903), Peggy O’Neal (1903), The Black Lion Inn […]

Wolfville Nights

Alfred Henry Lewis (1857-1914) wrote under the pen name Quin; Dan Quin. He wrote: Wolfville (1897), The Old Plantation Home (1899), Sandburrs (1900), Richard Croker (1901), Wolfville Days (1902), Wolfville Nights (1902), How the Raven Died (1902), The Boss, And How He Came to Rule New York (1903), Peggy O’Neal (1903), The Black Lion Inn […]

The Wolf Hunters

James Oliver Curwood, (1878-1927), was an American novelist and conservationist. He left high school without graduating but was able to pass the entrance exams to the University of Michigan where he studied journalism. In 1900, he sold his first story while working for the Detroit News-Tribune. By 1909 he had saved enough money to travel […]

With Airship and Submarine

William Joseph Cosens Lancaster (1851-1922) was a civil engineer who specialised in seas and harbours. He wrote Juvenile Adventures under the pseudonym Harry Collingwood. His works include: The Secret of the Sands (1879), Under the Meteor Flag: Log of a Midshipman During the French Revolutionary War (1884), The Voyage of the Aurora (1885), The Pirate […]

Winnetou: The Apache Knight

Karl Friedrich May (1842-1912) was one of the best selling German writers of all time, noted mainly for books set in the American Old West and similar books set in the Orient and Middle East; in addition, he also wrote stories set in his native Germany, in China and in South America. He also wrote […]

Wild Western Scenes

Wild Western Scenes: A narrative of adventures in the western wilderness, wherein the exploits of Daniel Boone, the great American pioneer are particularly described also, accounts of bear, deer, and buffalo hunts – desperate conflicts with the savages – wolf hunts – fishing and fowling adventures – encounters with serpents, etc. First published in 1841 […]

The White Chief

Thomas Mayne Reid (1818-1883), was an Irish- American novelist. ‘Captain’ Reid wrote many adventure novels akin to those written by Frederick Marryat and Robert Louis Stevenson. These novels contain action that takes place primarily in untamed settings: the American West, Mexico, South Africa, the Himalayas, and Jamaica. Reid had his first poem published in Godey’s […]

When Buffalo Ran

George Bird Grinnell (1849-1938) was an American anthropologist, historian, naturalist, and writer. He was born in Brooklyn, New York, and graduated from Yale University with a B. A. in 1870 and a Ph. D. in 1880. Originally specializing in zoology, he became a prominent early conservationist and student of Native American life. He has been […]

The Well of Pen-Morfa

Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell née Stevenson (1810-1865), often referred to simply as Mrs. Gaskell, was an English novelist and short story writer during the Victorian era. She is perhaps best known for her biography of Charlotte Brontë. Her novels offer a detailed portrait of the lives of many strata of society, including the very poor, and […]

The Voyage of Captain Popanilla

Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield, KG, PC, FRS (born Benjamin D’Israeli) (1804-1881) was a British Conservative statesman and literary figure. He served in government for three decades, twice as Prime Minister-the first and thus far only person of Jewish parentage to do so. Disraeli’s greatest lasting achievement was the creation of the modern Conservative […]

The Unparalleled Adventure of One Hans Pfaall

Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) was an American poet, short story writer, playwright, editor, critic, essayist and one of the leaders of the American Romantic Movement. He was born to a Scots-Irish family in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of actress Elizabeth Arnold Hopkins Poe and actor David Poe, Jr. The family travelled to England in 1815, […]

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