Ripley Hitchcock

Ripley Hitchcock (born James Ripley Wellman Hitchcock; 1857–1918) was a prominent American editor. He edited the works of Rudyard Kipling, Arthur Conan Doyle, Zane Grey, Joel Chandler Harris, Stephen Crane and Theodore Dreiser.[1]

Ripley Hitchcock
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James Ripley Wellman Hitchcock

(1857-07-03)July 3, 1857
Fitchburg, Massachusetts
DiedMay 5, 1918(1918-05-05) (aged 60)
New York, New York
OccupationEditor, writer
Martha Barker Wolcott
(m. 1883; died 1903)
Helen Sanborn Sargent
(m. 1914)


Ripley Hitchcock was born in Fitchburg, Massachusetts on July 3, 1857.[1][2] His father was surgeon Alfred Hitchcock (1813-1874). He graduated from Harvard University in 1877. After his graduation, he was a special student at Harvard in fine arts and philosophy. He attended lectures at the New York College of Physicians and Surgeons for one year.[3]

He started work as a journalist for The New York Tribune in 1882. In 1890, he became literary adviser for D. Appleton & Company, in which capacity he edited Edward Noyes Westcott's narrative David Harum (1898) into a bestseller, later made into a film. From 1902 to 1906, he worked for A. S. Barnes as vice president. From 1906 onwards, he worked as an editor for Harper and Brothers.[1] He unfanged Stephen Crane's lewd details and Theodore Dreiser's irony.[4]

He also wrote books on art and the history of the West and was a member of the National Institute of Arts and Letters, the Century Association and the Authors Club.[1]

He married Martha Barker Wolcott on May 23, 1883. She died in 1903, and he remarried to Helen Sanborn Sargent on January 7, 1914. They had two sons.[2]

Ripley Hitchcock died at the Park Avenue Hotel in Manhattan on May 5, 1918.[5]


  • The Western Art Movement (New York, 1885)
  • A Study of George Jenness, with a catalogue of the Jenness exhibition (1885)
  • Etching in America (1886)
  • Madonnas by old masters (1888)
  • Some American painters in water colors: Fac-similes of new works by William D. Smedley ... [et al.] ; with portraits of the artists and representations of their work in black-and-white (1890)
  • Thomas De Quincey: A study (1899)
  • Louisiana Purchases Explorations Early History Building Of West (1903)
  • Richard Henry Stoddard: Some personal notes (1903)
  • The Lewis and Clark Expedition (1905)


  1. ^ a b c d Wertheim, Stanley (1997). A Stephen Crane Encyclopedia. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press. p. 155. ISBN 9780313296925.
  2. ^ a b The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography. XVIII. James T. White & Company. 1922. pp. 173–174. Retrieved December 28, 2020 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainWilson, J. G.; Fiske, J., eds. (1892). "Hitchcock, Alfred" . Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography. New York: D. Appleton.
  4. ^ Lingeman, Richard . "The Biographical Significance of Jennie Gerhardt". Dreiser's Jennie Gerhardt: New Essays on the Restored Text. Ed. James L. W., III West. University of Pennsylvania Press: 1996, pages 11–13
  5. ^ "Ripley Hitchcock Dead". Brooklyn Eagle. May 6, 1918. p. 14. Retrieved December 28, 2020 – via

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