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Hugh Pendexter (1875-1940) was an American journalist, novelist, and screenwriter. Pendexter began his career as a humorous writer; some of this early work was anthologised in Mark Twain's book, Library of Humor and Wit.[1] Pendexter's main body of fiction consisted of historical novels and Westerns for such publications as Adventure and Argosy. [2] Pendexter was known for his detailed research when writing fiction; his stories were "often accompanied with extensive reading lists of the books that were used in writing the story".[3] Pendexter's novel, Kings of the Missouri, about fur trading and the founding of St. Louis, is regarded by some critics as his best work.[4]

Hugh Pendexter
BornJanuary 15, 1875
Pittsfield, Maine
DiedJune 11, 1940
Occupationnovelist, screenwriter
Alma materLewiston High, Lewiston, Maine
Period1907 - 1934
SpouseHelen M. Faunce

For much of his life, Pendexter lived in Norway, Maine.[4] He spent several years as a teacher of Latin and Greek in Maine High schools and left that work to enter newspaper work in Rochester, N. Y. where he worked on the Rochester Post Express. After twelve years as news writer he returned to Norway, where he married Helen M. Faunce, and devoted his entire time to fiction writing.

Pendexter was a friend of the writer Talbot Mundy.[5]





  1. ^ Mark Twain's Library of Humor and Wit, Volume 3. Harper & brothers, 1906 (p.222).
  2. ^ [1] Hugh Pendexter at FictionMags Index
  3. ^ "Forgotten Giant: Hoffman’s Adventure" by Richard Bleiler. Purple Prose Magazine,November 1998, p. 3-12.
  4. ^ a b "Pendexter, Hugh" by Mike Stotter, in Twentieth Century Western Writers, edited by Geoff Sadler. Chicago and London, St. James Press, 1991, ISBN 0-912289-98-8 , pp. 537-9.
  5. ^ Talbot Mundy, messenger of destiny. by Donald M. Grant. D.M. Grant, 1983 ISBN 0-937986-46-1, (p.139).

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