Lifetime: 1854 - 1938 Passed: ≈ 84 years ago




United States

St. George Henry Rathborne

St George Henry Rathborne who also wrote as Harrison Adams and many other names, was an American author of boys' stories and dime novels. He is believed to have produced over 330 volumes of fiction in the course of a 60-year career. He had a proclivity for and skill in producing outdoor adventure stories, and his best works fall within that category.

Rathborne was born in Covington, Kentucky to Gorges Lowther Rathborne and Margaret H. Robertson Rathborne. He attended Woodward High School, Cincinnati, the oldest public high school in the United States. He married Jessie Fremont Conn in 1879, and with her had four children. Rathborne lived in northern New Jersey for most of his adult life.

Rathborne was affiliated with various dime novel publishers over the course of four decades, but most strongly associated with Street & Smith, with whom he spent 20 years as author and editor. After 1910, he wrote almost exclusively in the juvenile series book genre. Frequently wrote under pseudonyms, and such works account for the bulk of his literary output. His pseudonyms are many and poorly documented, and some remain unidentified. He probably used at least 30 different pen names in his career as a dime novelist, and more than 20 others during his years of series book writing. Poor documentation of his pseudonyms makes the attribution of his works occasionally difficult, and the full extent of his published writings may never be known. There are more liberal estimates of his output, and it is possible that he produced as many as 450 novels.

Rathborne wrote under many names, including Harrison Adams, Hugh Allen, Oliver Lee Clifton, Duke Duncan, Aleck Forbes, Lieutenant Keene, Marline Manly, Mark Merrick, Marne Miller, Warne Miller, Harry St. George, W. B. Lawson, Dash Dale, Col. Lawrence Leslie, Jack Howard, Ward Edwards, Old Broadbrim, Jack Sharpe, Major Andy Burton, A Private Detective, Alex. Robertson, M.D., Herbert Carter, Gordon Stewart, John Prentice Langley, Louis Arundel and Col. J.M. Travers. to add to the confusion it was not unknown for authors to use the same pseudonym when writing for a particular publishing house.

Rathborne died in Newark, New Jersey aged 83.

Books by St. George Henry Rathborne

The Boy Scouts Down in Dixie Cover image

The Boy Scouts Down in Dixie

Adventure Fiction
Young Mystery Action Fun

The Silver Fox Patrol are starting a new adventure down in the swamp of Louisiana. This trip is an important one to Thad, because they are looking for his long lost little sister, Pauline. All the boys are there to support their friend and leader, an...

Old Broadbrim into the Heart of Australia or, A Strange Bargain and Its Consequences Cover image

Old Broadbrim into the Heart of Australia or, A Strange Bargain and Its Consequences

Fiction Novel
Detective Murder Mystery Escape Death

Old Broadbrim, the famous Quaker detective listened as one of the richest men in New York continued "......I want you to guard my person for one year, and if at the end of that time I am still in the land of the living, why, your work ceases."

The Boy Scouts at the Battle of Saratoga Cover image

The Boy Scouts at the Battle of Saratoga

Adventure Fiction
Battle Mystery Action America United States

Three young men, Dan, Joe and Late, are on an errand for General Schuyler. They are to meet up with a mysterious stranger, who gives them reports of enemy movements. All of this information will help the American army in the Battle of Saratoga.

The Boy Scouts Along the Susquehanna Cover image

The Boy Scouts Along the Susquehanna

Nature Action Exploration Discovery Communism Imagination

The book has captivated generations of readers with its timeless story of young scouts exploring the great outdoors. Set along the scenic Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania, the story follows a group of Boy Scouts as they embark on a camping trip fil...