(1872–1956), Missouri-born author, long resident in California, is best known for George Washington (3 vols., 1926–30), treating the President as a great man but stripping him of myths. Hughes's many popular novels include What Will People Say? (1914); Souls for Sale (1922); No One Man (1931); The Man Without a Home (1935), about John Howard Payne; and The Giant Wakes (1950), about Gompers. He also wrote American Composers (1900), plays, songs, motion pictures, a world history, and City of Angels (1941), about Los Angeles.
From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.