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Alfred Henry Lewis

(c. 1858—1914)


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(c.1858–1914), was born in Cleveland, Ohio, where he was a lawyer and city attorney until 1881, when he became a wandering cowboy in the Southwest. Returning to Kansas City, he entered journalism, and later went to Washington as a newspaper correspondent. During the last 17 years of his life he contributed fiction and articles to magazines, and for a time edited The Verdict (1898–1900), a Democratic paper. His fictional biographies are negligible, as are his novels of politics and the underworld, but he wrote important fiction concerning the Western frontier life he knew as a young man. His six volumes of Wolfville stories, published under the pseudonym Dan Quin, present an authentic picture of cowboy and mining life in the Southwest, in the form of discursive, humorous, drawling reminiscences by an “Old Cattleman.” They include Wolfville (1897), Sandburrs (1900), Wolfville Days (1902), Wolfville Nights (1902), Wolfville Folks (1908), and Faro Nell and Her Friends (1913).

From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.

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