E.J. Rath is the pseudonym of writer Edith Rathbone Jacobs Brainerd (1885 - January 28, 1922) who was assisted with many of her writing projects by her husband Chauncey Corey Brainerd (April 16, 1874 - January 28, 1922), a Washington D.C. correspondent for the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Several of her stories were adapted into plays and films.

E. J. Rath
Born1885 (age 135–136)
DiedJanuary 28, 1922(1922-01-28) (aged 36–37)
Other namesEdith Rathbone Jacobs Brainerd
Advertisement for The River of Romance, noting it was an adaptation of the E. J. Rath novel Sam

Life and workEdit

She was from Mount Vernon, New York.[1]

Brainerd was her second husband. They married June 4, 1903.[2]

The story "The Heroism of Mr. Peglow" was published in Everybody's Magazine in December 1907.[3]

The couple were killed along with almost 200 others when the roof of the Knickerbocker Theatre in Washington D.C. collapsed under the weight of heavy snow. The event became known as the Knickerbocker Storm and occurred January 27–28, 1922. Politicians, officials, and fellow newspaper reporters paid tribute. He had attended the Peace Conference in Europe.

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle published a 36-page tribute.[4]

Her book, The Nervous Wreck, was made into the movie The Nervous Wreck in 1926, starring Harrison Ford and Phyllis Haver.[5]


  • "The Heroism of Mr. Peglow." Busy Man's Magazine, 115–124 (1907)[6]
  • The Sixth Speed (1908)
  • Too Much Efficiency (1917)
  • Elope if You Must (1922)
  • Gas Drive In
  • Good References
  • Mister 44
  • Once Again (1929)
  • Sam, adapted into the film The River of Romance (1916 film)
  • The Brains Of the Family
  • The Dark Chapter[7]
  • The Flying Courtship
  • The Nervous Wreck
  • The Sky's the Limit
  • Too Much Efficiency
  • When the Devil Was Sick (1926)
  • Something for Nothing[4]
  • The Mantle of Silence, illustrated by George W. Gage



  1. ^ "Death of Strayer and Brainerd". The Cincinnati Enquirer. January 30, 1922. p. 11 – via newspapers.com.
  2. ^ Leonard, John William; Marquis, Albert Nelson (December 2, 1920). "Who's who in America". A.N. Marquis – via Google Books.
  3. ^ Rath, E. J. "The Heroism of Mr. Peglow | Maclean's | DECEMBER, 1907". Maclean's | The Complete Archive.
  4. ^ a b "Rath, E. J. [WorldCat Identities]".
  5. ^ "The Nervous Wreck by E. J. RATH on Yesterday's Gallery and Babylon Revisited Rare Books". Yesterday's Gallery and Babylon Revisited Rare Books. Retrieved January 5, 2020.
  6. ^ Rath, E. J. "The Heroism of Mr. Peglow | Maclean's | DECEMBER, 1907". Maclean's | The Complete Archive. Retrieved January 5, 2020.
  7. ^ "E. J. Rath". Playbill.
  8. ^ "E. J. Rath – Broadway Cast & Staff | IBDB". www.ibdb.com.
  9. ^ "E.J. Rath". BFI.

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