Queed is a 1911 novel by Henry Sydnor Harrison, which was the fourth-best selling book in the United States for 1911, and is considered one of Harrison's best novels, along with 1913's V.V.'s Eyes.[1]

AuthorHenry Sydnor Harrison
IllustratorR.M. Crosby (frontispiece)
CountryUnited States
PublisherHoughton Mifflin Company
Publication date
May 1911
Media typePrint (hardcover)


Queed was Harrison's second novel (after 1910's Captivating Mary Carstairs, released under a pseudonym). It is the story of an eccentric young scholar who arrives in Richmond, Virginia to seek out his unknown father, and "gradually awakens to an awareness of the complexities of Southern society and himself."[2] The book was popular, and had favorable reviews.[3] The Nation compared it positively to Mark Twain, and The New York Times called it "altogether an unusual performance in both its interest and ability ..."[4] The humorous poet Arthur Guiterman wrote: "Of all the books I've chanced to read, The best, beyond comparison, Is of the misanthropic Queed, by Henry Sydnor Harrison."[2] And while H. L. Mencken later called Harrison a "merchant of mush," he found the book to be "immensely amusing" despite some flaws.[2][5]

Stage adaptationEdit

A plan to put on a stage adaptation of Queed formed and languished under Broadway producer Sam H. Harris. Actor and playwright Gilbert Emery wrote the play version, and the cast included Grant Mitchell, Clay Clement, Albert Bruning, T. Jerome Lawlor, and Walter Edwin, and was directed by Priestly Morrison. However, the play never made it to New York after being rated poorly in trial runs in New Jersey and Connecticut.[1][6][7] The Asbury Park Press reviewer wrote that despite their great expectations, it was a poor play.[8][9]


  1. ^ a b Hart, James D. with Phillip W. Leininger. The Oxford Companion to American Literature, p. 274 (6th ed. 1995)
  2. ^ a b c MacDonald, Edgar E. Henry Sydnor Harrison: Southern Feminist, Southern Literary Journal, Vol. 13, No. 1 (Fall 1980), pp. 42-54
  3. ^ (July 1911). Queed, The Atlantic (advertising supplement with positive quotes from reviews)
  4. ^ (14 May 1911). Mr. Harrison's Queed, The New York Times Review of Books, p. 1.
  5. ^ Mencken, H.L. (July 1911). Novels for Hot Afternoons, The Smart Set
  6. ^ Theatre Playbill and Program Collection, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida Repository
  7. ^ The Rise of the Curtain, Theatre Magazine, p. 165 (September 1921)
  8. ^ (5 July 1921) The Play, Asbury Park Press
  9. ^ (5 June 1921). Sam H. Harris ..., Washington Herald

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