Geraldine Bonner

Geraldine Bonner (pen name, Hard Pan; 1870–1930) was an American author.

Portrait of Geraldine Bonner


Geraldine Bonner was born on Staten Island, New York. Her father, John Bonner, was a journalist and historical writer.[1] As a child, the family moved to Colorado and she lived in mining camps. After moving to San Francisco, California, she worked at a newspaper, the Argonaut, in 1887, and subsequently, she wrote the novel Hard Pan (1900) and used the name "Hard Pan" as a pseudonym. Bonner also wrote short stories which were published in Collier's Weekly, Harper's Weekly, Harper's Monthly, and Lippincott's.



  • Tomorrow's Tangle, (1902)
  • The Pioneer, (1905)
  • The Castlecourt Diamond Case, (1906)
  • The Book of Evelyn, (1913)
  • The Girl at Central, (1914)
  • The Black Eagle Mystery, (1916)
  • Treasure and Trouble Therewith, (1917)
  • Miss Maitland, Private Secretary, (1919)


Along with Elmer Blaney Harris, she wrote the play Sham in 1908. Along with Harry Hutcheson Boyd, she wrote the play Sauce for the Goose in 1909.


  1. ^ "San Francisco Call, Volume 85, Number 157, 6 May 1899".

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