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Lifetime: 1834 - 1902 Passed: ≈ 122 years ago


Humorist, Writer


United States

Frank R. Stockton

Frank Richard Stockton was an American writer and humourist, best known today for a series of innovative children's fairy tales that were widely popular during the last decades of the 19th century.

Born in Philadelphia in 1834, Stockton was the son of a prominent Methodist minister who discouraged him from a writing career. After marrying Mary Ann Edwards Tuttle, he and his wife moved to Burlington, New Jersey, where he produced some of his first literary work. The couple then moved to Nutley, New Jersey.

For years he supported himself as a wood engraver until his father's death in 1860. In 1867, he moved back to Philadelphia to write for a newspaper founded by his brother. His first fairy tale, "Ting-a-ling," was published that year in The Riverside Magazine; his first book collection appeared in 1870. He was also an editor for Hearth and Home magazine in the early 1870s. Around 1899, he moved to Charles Town, West Virginia.

He died in Washington, DC, on April 20, 1902, of a cerebral hemorrhage and is buried at The Woodlands in Philadelphia.

His most famous fable, "The Lady, or the Tiger?" (1882), is about a man sentenced to an unusual punishment for having a romance with a king's beloved daughter.

His 1895 adventure novel The Adventures of Captain Horn was the third-best-selling book in the United States in 1895.

Stockton's work of science fiction, The Great War Syndicate, describes a late 19th century British–American war.

Books by Frank R. Stockton

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Buccaneers and Pirates of Our Coasts

History Non-Fiction
Marine Nautical Piracy

Buccaneers and Pirates of our Coasts is a non-fiction, rolicking story of the origins of piracy and of the famous pirates of the coasts of the United States. The stories don’t cast pirates in the glowing light of modern day renditions – in Stockton’s...

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The Great Stone of Sardis

Science Fiction Novel
History Power Travels Village Narrative Forest Magic Imagination

Hidden within the depths of the ancient Sardis forest lies an enigma that has perplexed generations—a captivating secret that will unravel the very fabric of reality. "The Great Stone of Sardis" by Frank R. Stockton beckons readers into a world where...

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Pomona's Travels

Pomona and Jone of Rudder Grange fame travel to England and Scotland. Along the way, Pomona tangles with wild pigs, haymaking, hotels great and small, Pullman cars, comparison-makers, and a Duchess. She makes two matches and - in her usual, unorthodo...

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Rudder Grange

This book presents a number of short, comedic sketches of a country life in middle America in the late 1800s. The hilarious twists and turns endear our adorable, naive married couple to the reader; and the orphan servant Pomona - dear, odd, funny Pom...

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Bee-Man of Orn and Other Fanciful Tales

A collection of nine enchanting short stories filled with curious beasts and unexpected endings. Included are The Bee-Man of Orn; The Griffin and the Minor Canon; Old Pipes and the Dryad; The Queen's Museum; Christmas Before Last: Or, The Fruit of th...

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Kate Bonnet

"She carried a fishing rod and line, and her name was Kate Bonnet. She was a bright-faced, quick-moving young person, and apparently did not expect to catch many fish, for she had no basket in which to carry away her finny prizes." It was the first q...

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Floating Prince and Other Fairy Tales

This is a collection of original and interesting fairy tales. We have here princes and princesses, pirates, wizards, and all the other ingredients for entertaining stories for kids. - Summary by Carolin