Charles Caldwell Dobie

Charles Caldwell Dobie (March 15, 1881 - January 11, 1943) was an author and historian in San Francisco.[1] His novel The Blood Red Dawn was adapted into the movie The Inner Chamber in 1921. His stories were published in magazines and included in anthologies. He also received honors for his work. He wrote several novels. His work featured his hometown, San Francisco. The Bancroft Library at the University of California at Berkeley has a collection of his papers.[2]

Dobie was born in San Francisco.[2] He wrote the Bohemian Grove play for 1920 and was photographed at the grove by a portrait of himself by Gabriel Moulin.[3]


  • The Blood Red Dawn (1920)
  • Less Than Kin (1926)
  • San Francisco's Chinatown[4]
  • Broken to the Plow
  • Less than Kin (1926)[5]
  • Portrait of a Courtesan (1934)[6][2]
  • San Francisco: a Pageant, illustrated by Edward Howard Suydam (1885 – 1940), D. Appleton & Co. New York, NY and London (1933)[7]
  • The Crystal Ball, a collection of his stories about California published as a pamphlet for members of the Book Club of California (1937)[8]
  • San Francisco Adventures
  • San Francisco Tales
  • The golden talisman : a grove play[9]


  1. ^ Atherton, Gertrude (March 1, 1943). "Charles Caldwell Dobie 1881-1943". California Historical Society Quarterly. 22 (1): 91. doi:10.2307/25161049. JSTOR 25161049 – via
  2. ^ a b c "Finding Aid to the Charles Caldwell Dobie Papers, [circa 1905-1943]".
  3. ^ "CHARLES CALDWELL DOBIE SITTING IN THE BOHEMIAN GROVE, CALIFORNIA (original photograph) by Gabriel Moulin, photographer: Gabriel Moulin, San Francisco, 1920 Hardcover, Signed by Author(s) - Alan Bamberger".
  4. ^ Moffett, Anita (October 4, 1936). "The Orient in America; SAN FRANCISCO'S CHINATOWN. By Charles Caldwell Dobie. Illustrated by E.H. Suydam. 328 pp. New York: D. Appleton-Century Company. $5. The Orient in America". The New York Times.
  5. ^ "Less Than Kin by Charles Caldwell DOBIE on Yesterday's Gallery and Babylon Revisited Rare Books". Yesterday's Gallery and Babylon Revisited Rare Books.
  6. ^ "Book Reviews, Sites, Romance, Fantasy, Fiction". Kirkus Reviews.
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  8. ^ "The Crystal Ball by Charles Caldwell Dobie on Bolerium Books". Bolerium Books.
  9. ^ "Dobie, Charles Caldwell 1881-1943 [WorldCat Identities]".