Department of Literature
Robert W. Chambers


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Year, Publisher, Cover Description . Later Printings
The Little Red Foot

1. Sir William Passes
2. Two Peers Sans Peerage
3. The Pot Boils
4. Two Country Mice
5. A Supper
6. Rustic Gallantry
7. Before the Storm
8. Sheep and Goats
9. Stole Away
10. A Night March
11. Summer House Point
12. The Shape in White
13. The Drowned Lands
14. The Little Red Foot
15. West River
16. A Troubled Mind
17. Deeper Trouble
18. Firelight
19. Out of the North
20. In Shadow-Land
21. The Demon
22. Mad-Ridden
23. Winter and Spring
24. Green-Coats
25. Burke's Tavern
26. Orders
27. Fire-Flies
28. Oyaneh!
29. The Wood of Brakabeen
30. A Long Good-Bye
31."In the Valley"

1921, Doran.


Cardigan series. viii p., 1 l., 11-351 p. diagr. 20 cm. 


. A. L. Burt Co., N. Y., 1923, viii p., 1 l., 11-351 p. 20 cm.
Fourth of the four Cardigan novels set around New York State, Sir William Johnson, Walter Butler, and Indian conspiracies during the Revolutionary War.  This novel centers on the Indian and Tory warfare in Northern New York state during the late 1700s.  (HFG-3374)

Dust Jacket blurb - This a worthy successor to Mr. Chamber's (sic) story "Cardigan." Many of the characters of the earlier novels are found in this later historical novel--the perfidious Walter Butler, with his legions of ferocious Iroquois, and, worst of all, those "blue-eyed" Indians," who painted their white skins and tore the scalps from their own kinsmen: Joseph Brant, compound of all the evil of both races: Sir John Johnson, treacherous son of a loyal father--all of these and more.
     John Drogue, rightfully Lord Stormont, but renouncing that title as unbecoming a plain Continental soldier, who is a scout, wise as an Indian in forest lore, is sent in command of a small body of whites and friendly Oneida Indians to search out the enemy country.
     "The Little Red Foot" is a symbol which the loyal Indians paint on their bodies, and the white men have sewn upon their shirts.  It denotes loyalty to the American cause, even to death.
     "Thiohero," the Oneida phrophetess, who joins Drogue's party, wears the foot upon her breast as she guides him through perilous paths of the forest, and it glows there as she dies in his arms, martyr to the causes he has served.
     Another woman character of the story is Penelope Grant, a Scottish lassie, whose beauty lures all men to her feet, but whose purity keeps her unharmed amid often licentious surroundings.  This character will stand beside that of Lorraine as among Chambers' best portraits of women worthy of the love of brave men.
     In this story Chambers draws many an effective picture of that peaceful "Mohawk Valley' and of its devastation, not only by the King's soldiers, but by traitors born and reared among its homely scenes.
     It is said to be the BEST story Chambers has yet written.
Later back cover blurb - "Ever since the appearance of Drums Along the Mohawk, readers of historical fiction have asked for a new edition of Little Red Foot whose exciting stage also is the Mohawk Valley in Revolutionary Days. It was Sir William Johnson's death in 1774 - on the eve of his attempt to pledge the entire Iroquois Confederacy to neutrality - that precipitated the terrible Valley situation. for his son, Sir John, was a King's man who used his father's influence over the Iroquois to incite them against the Rebels. And it was also because of Sir John that John Drogue left the Johnson estate and his many old friends, to join the cause of the Colonists. His experiences first with a band of Oneida scouts, then as a lieutenant and as a colonel; his friendship with the little Indian girl and his love for Penelope Grant, compose the main thread of this novel which captures the very spirit and atmosphere of those dangerous days."

The Flaming Jewel

1. Eve
2. The Ruling Passion
3. On Star Peak
4. A Private War
5. Drowned Valley
6. The Jewel Aflame
7. Clinch's Dump
8. Cup and Lip
9. The Forest and Mr. Sard
10. The Twilight of Mike
11. The Place of Pines
12. Her Highness Intervenes


1922, Doran.

World War I. 6 p. l., 9-273 p. I. Title. .1922
Doran Co.


Burt  1922  Reprint  Red cloth boards / black banner with lettering on front. Gold lettering on spine Small 8vo; 273+ads pages. 

Triangle books, N. Y., 1942, 6 p. l., 9-273 p. 19 cm. Jade green cloth w/yellow lettering/design, embrowned endp, ads for books on DJ & brown menacing night scene by anon artist. Illustrated by anon. 1942 edition.

The Dubious headquarters of Mike Clinch were in the Canadian backwoods, a meeting place and refuge for men beyond the law the country over.  Mike Clinch cherished just two things, his daughter Eve and a Jewel, a flaming stone which was all of Eve's fortune.

A surprisingly non-romantic adventure set in the north woods in search of royal jewels. Iin upstate New York a guy with a shady past and questionable activities needs a pile of dough to make a lady out of his daughter; 
     "Against the background of the north woods and the assembled scum, Chance and Destiny played out a murderous game. 
     "A gang of thieves, a secret service agent and a bunch of backwoods roughnecks match wits and guns to see who will get a fabulous stolen jewel"

When Winter Comes To Main Street
'Robert Chambers and the Whole Truth"
by Grant Overton George H. Doran Company, New York 1922 by Publisher. Book deals with Doran books and Authors. Some of the Authors, Hugh Walpole, Steart Edward White, Robert W. Chambers, & Others. Books include The Golden Scarecrow, The Green Mirror, Peeps At People, The Westerners, Simba, Bulldog Drummond, West Broadway, and many others. Illustrated with Portrait Prints of the Authors. George H. Doran Company, New York 1922 by Publisher. No dust jacket. Book size, 5 /2" X 7 3/4" X 384 pages. Nice green hardcovers with color plate on front cover , black lettering front cover & spine.  
Famous Modern Ghost Stories
(The Messenger)
1921 G.P. Putnam’s Sons New York and London

419 pages.Written by Dorothy
Scarborough (1878-1935) The Knickerbocker Press.
Introduction: The Imperishable Ghost, The Willows by Algernon Blackwood, The Shadow on the Wall by Mary E. Wilkens Freeman, The Messenger by Robert W. Chambers, Lazarus by Leonard Andreyev, The Beast with Five Fingers by W. F. Harvey, The Mass of Shadows by Anatole France, What Was It? By Fitz-James O’Brien, The Middle toes of the Right Foot by Ambrose Bierce, The Shell of Sense by Olivia Howard Dunbar, The Women at Seven Brothers by Wilbur Daniel Steele, At the Gate by Myla Jo Closser, Ligeia by Edgar Allen Poe, The Haunted Orchard by Richard Le Gallienne, The Bowman by Arthur Machen, and A Ghost by Guy de Maupassant. .
. Dorothy Scarborough (1878-1935) who was known for her roles as a teacher, folklorist, and writer.  Though born and raised in Texas, Scarborough moved o New York City to earn her Ph.D. in literature at Columbia, where she later taught writing. She was an early member of the Texas Folklore Society (founded in 1910) and served a year as its president. An interest in ghosts led to two books on the subject, Famous Modern Ghost Stories (1921) and Humorous Ghost Stories (1921). She also wrote the acclaimed novel, The Wind (1925), in which a gentle heroine is driven insane by the incessant wind and drought-plagued frontier environment. Dorothy made her home in Waco until she moved permanently to New York City, where in 1916 she began to teach at Columbia University. Scarborough received her B.A. from Baylor in 1896 and her M.A. in 1899.  She pursued further graduate work in literature at the University of Chicago in the summers from 1906 to 1910. She spent the 1910-11 school year in residence at Oxford University in England, even though women could not be awarded degrees there at that time. She went on for the doctorate in literature at Columbia University and received the degree in 1917. She was hired immediately to teach creative writing in the extension division of Columbia. In 1923 Baylor University awarded her an honorary doctor of literature degree. "Miss Dottie's" career falls into three categories: those of teacher, folklorist, and writer. While completing her master's degree she taught English at Baylor and also taught briefly in the public schools of Marlin, Texas. As a regular faculty member at Baylor from 1905 to 1915, she taught general literature courses, composition, creative writing, and journalism. She also taught a popular and influential college-men's Sunday school class at the First Baptist Church in Waco. Her progress at Columbia was marked by her promotion to lecturer in 1919, to assistant professor in 1923, and to associate professor in 1931. Her teaching emphasis was creative writing, especially the techniques of the short story and novel.
The Talkers
1923, Doran.

Marginal sci-fi/horror novel. 4 p.l., 7-291 p. 20 cm. . Dark maroon cloth with blind stamped lettering and decorations.
A love triangle between  a young man named Sutton, a woman named Gilda Greenway, and an unpleasant hypnotist named Sadoul, in which a murdered woman is reanimated with two souls by a medical experimenter. 

   Reproduction of The Talkers dust jacket
1923, Doran.

New York: George H. Doran Co., 1922. . 1st edition, brown cloth, 323pp

The flapper age. 4 p. l., 7-323 p. 20 cm.


Published serially in McCall's. Doran-Hodder and Stoughton 1922 Edition blue cloth hardcover

New York: George Doran, 1922   6¾"-7¾" tall. 323 pages. Green cover with ornamental border, title and author's name blind-stamped, gold-stamping to spine, 323pp., in a dust jacket with illustration of couple on grass in city park, green border with white floral design. 

A farmer's daughter becomes a movie star.  Typical unconsummated marriage theme about a writer who can't be with the woman he loves because of social differences.

A Pygmalion-type story of a girl picked off the streets of New York and launched into sophisticated society.

The Hi-Jackers

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America; or, The Sacrifice, a Romance of the American Revolution
1924, Grossett & Dunlap, New York


American revolution

Chambers wrote the senario for the Griffith epic, his last, and turned it into a novel released with photos from the film. 

. Illustrated with scenes from the D. W. Griffith photoplay America. The book was written as a movie script. xxvi, 399 p. front., plates. 20 cm.
This hardback book is titled AMERICA - OR - THE SACRIFICE: A ROMANCE OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION. By Robert W. Chambers, and published by Grosset & Dunlap Publishers. This Grosset and Dunlap edition, copyright 1924 by the author has 399 pages including black-and-white photographs of scenes from the D.W. Griffith photoplay. Here is Robert W. Chambers? somber novel of fratricidal strife that was at the core tragedy of the American Revolution - a war that was a contest between geographically separated subjects of the same King - people of the same race, same blood and ?fundamentally imbued with the same traditions, beliefs and ideals?. But the resulting freedom, the republic, and the wonderful ideals that it was based upon made it all worthwhile as Chambers? writes this novel using the first person narrative of a British ex-patrtiot who became the bosom friend of Paul Revere and a champion of the American Revolution. ACCOMPANIED BY PHOTOS FROM THE D.W. GRIFFITHS PHOTOPLAY BASED ON THIS NOVEL!!!

The Mystery Lady
1925, Grossett

Detective & adventure. 3 p.l., 335 p. 20 cm. Published serially in McCall's

The book was first a dozen magazine adventure episodes.


The Historical Romances of Robert W. Chambers
1898 ~ 1925

Volumes Inclue:

1. The Girl Philippa ~ 1916
2. The Little Red Foot ~ 1921
3. Ashes of Empire ~ 1898
4. The Maid-at-Arms ~ 1902
5. The Reckoning ~ 1905
6. Maids of Paradise ~ 1903
7. The Hidden Children ~ 1914
8. America or the Sacrifice ~ 1924
9. Lorraine ~ 1925
10. Ailsa Paige ~ 1910

Published by McKinlay, Stone & Mackenzie, New York Burgandy textured & embossed hardcovers with black titles on spines, 5 1/8" x 7 7/8". Illustrated Frontispieces.   A COLLECTION OF HISTORICAL ROMANCES BY ROBERT CHAMBERS, PUBLISHED FROM 1898 TO 1925: 1) ASHES OF EMPIRE, 1898 2) CARDIGAN 1901; 3) THE MAID AT ARMS, 1902; 4) MAIDS OF PARADISE, 1902; 5) THE RECKONING, 1905; 6) AILSA PAIGE,1910; 7) THE LITTLE RED FOOT, 1921; 8) AMERICA, 1924; 9) LORRAINE, 1925
My Maiden Effort, Being the Personal Confessions of Well-known American Authors as to their Literary Beginnings edited by Gelett Burgess. Garden City, New York, and Toronto: Doubleday, Page, 1921. One hundred twenty-six authors including 16. Chambers, Robert W. --57 Author of: In the Quarter; The King in Yellow; The Red Republic; [etc. to] The Crimson Tide. Plays: The Witch of Elangowan.    
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