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Lifetime: 1873 - 1946 Passed: ≈ 77 years ago


Writer, Novelist


United States

Stewart Edward White

Stewart Edward White, an American writer, novelist, and spiritualist, is best known for his adventure novels set in the American West and his works on spiritualism. He gained a wide readership during his lifetime and continues to be popular today.

Early Life and Education

White was born in Lansing, Michigan, on March 12, 1873. He was the son of a wealthy lumber merchant and grew up in a family that valued education and exploration. White was a voracious reader and enjoyed spending time outdoors.

After graduating from the University of Michigan in 1894, White worked as a newspaper reporter and a magazine editor. He also spent time traveling and exploring the American West. These experiences would later provide the inspiration for many of his novels.

Literary Career

White's first novel, The Blazed Trail, was published in 1904. It was a critical and commercial success, establishing White as a popular author. He went on to write over 60 novels, including The Call of the Wild (1903), The Silent Places (1904), and The Secret of the Border (1907).

White's novels were known for their vivid descriptions of the American West, their exciting plots, and their strong characters. He was also a skilled writer of non-fiction, and his books on spiritualism were widely read.

Principles and Philosophy

White was a strong advocate for conservation and environmental protection. He was also a believer in the power of the individual to overcome adversity. His novels often explored themes of self-reliance, courage, and perseverance.

White's philosophy was influenced by his spiritualist beliefs. He believed that the spirit world was real and that humans could communicate with spirits. He also believed in the power of reincarnation.

Notable Works

White's most famous works include:

  • The Blazed Trail (1904)
  • The Call of the Wild (1903)
  • The Silent Places (1904)
  • The Secret of the Border (1907)
  • The Adventures of Billy (1918)
  • The Road I Know (1920)
  • The Rediscovery of the Old West (1930)
  • The Secret of the Storm Country (1937)
  • The Forest (1940)

Death and Legacy

White died in Carmel, California, on September 18, 1946. He is remembered as a popular and influential author who helped to shape the American West in literature. His novels continue to be read and enjoyed by readers of all ages.

Interesting Facts

  • White was a skilled outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and camping.
  • White was a close friend of Jack London.
  • White's wife, Elizabeth Hamlin White, was a photographer and writer.
  • White's home in Carmel, California, is now a museum.


Stewart Edward White was a prolific and versatile writer who made significant contributions to American literature. His novels continue to be popular today, and his works on spiritualism continue to be studied by those interested in the paranormal.

Books by Stewart Edward White

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Adventure Thriller Gold Wealth Danger Secret Hardship

In the heart of the untamed California wilderness, where dreams of fortune beckon and danger lurks around every bend, a group of Eastern gentlemen embarks on a perilous quest to strike it rich in the gold fields of 1849. Amidst the rugged landscapes...

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Conjuror's House, a Romance of the Free Forest

In the northern outreaches of the Canadian wilderness, it was understood that the Hudson Bay Company governed all trading, and one factor named Galen Albret took his position seriously. Free traders, or those who dared try to do their trading outside...

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Blazed Trail

Stewart Edward White wrote fiction and non-fiction about adventure and travel, with an emphasis on natural history and outdoor living. White's books were popular at a time when America was losing its vanishing wilderness and many are based on his exp...

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Arizona Nights

Arizona Nights is a collection of tales from the American West as told by those who took part in them. (Summary by Adam E. Maroney)

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Blazed Trail Stories and Stories Of The Wild Life

Thirteen short stories by a popular writer of the early 20th century (not to be confused with an earlier book Blazed Trail). White's books were popular at a time when America was losing its vanishing wilderness. He was a keen observer of the beautie...

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Sign at Six

It started out as a nuisance--odd electrical problems in the Atlas building that cleared themselves up. But then it got worse, the problems becoming more and more peculiar and inexplicable. Scientist Percy Darrow has given himself the task of figurin...