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Robert Forrest Wilson (January 20, 1883 in Warren, Ohio – May 9, 1942 in Weston, Connecticut)[1][2] was an American author and journalist. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography in 1942 for his biography of Harriet Beecher Stowe, Crusader in Crinoline: The Life of Harriet Beecher Stowe (Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1941).[3]

Wilson was born in Warren, Ohio.[1] During the First World War he served as a captain with the US Army Chemical Warfare Service and later (1923-1927) as Assistant Secretary of War charged with gathering historical data on the conflict, much of which formed the basis of several co-authored works about mobilization.

After the war, in common with tens of thousands of Americans he moved to Paris and lived there for some years, a period which he details in his book Paris On Parade[4]

Wilson died shortly after receiving the 1942 Pulitzer Prize.

Published worksEdit

  • The Living Pageant of the Nile, Bobbs Merrill, Indianapolis, 1921
  • The Road to France: the transportation of troops and military supplies 1917-1918, 1921
  • Demobilization, Yale University Press, New Haven, 1921 (with Benedict Cowell)
  • Paris on Parade, Bobbs Merrill, Indianapolis, 1924
  • How to Wine and Dine in Paris, Bobbs Merrill, Indianapolis, 1930
  • Crusader in Crinoline: The Life of Harriet Beecher Stowe, 1941
  • The Giant Hand: Our Mobilization and Control of Industry and Natural Resources 1917-1918 (with Benedict Crowell), Yale University Press, New Haven, 1921

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Forrest Wilson, Wrote Prize Book". The New York Times. May 11, 1942. p. 15. Retrieved August 30, 2012. (subscription required)
  2. ^ Elizabeth A. Brennan; Elizabeth C. Clarage (1999). Who's Who of Pulitzer Prize Winners. Greenwood Publishing Group. pp. 20–21. ISBN 978-1-57356-111-2. Retrieved 30 August 2012.
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  4. ^ Wilson, Robert Forrest, Paris On Parade, Bobbs-Merrill, Indianapolis, 1924

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