Samuel Merwin (writer)

Samuel Merwin, Sr. (6 October 1874 – 17 October 1936) was an American playwright and author.[1]

Samuel Merwin
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Born(1874-10-06)October 6, 1874
Evanston, Illinois
DiedOctober 17, 1936(1936-10-17) (aged 62)
EducationNorthwestern University
OccupationNovelist, playwright


Merwin was born on 6 October 1874 in Evanston, Illinois to Ella B. and Orlando H. Merwin. His father was the postmaster of Evanston. In 1901, Merwin married Edna Earl Fleshiem. The couple had two sons, Samuel Kimball Merwin, Jr. and Banister Merwin and one adopted son, John Merwin.[1]

After attending Northwestern University, he worked between 1905 and 1911 as associate editor and then editor of Success magazine. In 1907 the magazine sent him to China to investigate the opium trade.

He died of a stroke while dining at The Player's Club in Manhattan on 17 October 1936.[1]


Illustration by Alonzo Kimball in Merwin's 1903 novel His Little World: The Story of Hunch Badeau
  • The Short Line War (1899) with Henry Kitchell Webster
  • Calumet "K" (1901) with Henry Kitchell Webster
  • The Road to Frontenac: A Romance of Early Canada (1901)
  • The Whip Hand (1903)
  • His Little World: The Story of Hunch Badeau (1903)
  • The Merry Anne (1904)
  • The Road Builders (1905)
  • Comrade John (1907) with Henry Kitchell Webster
  • Drugging a Nation. (1908)
  • The Citadel: A Romance of Unrest (1912)
  • Anthony the Absolute (1914)
  • The Charmed Life of Miss Austin (1914)
  • The Honey Bee: A Story of a Woman in Revolt (1915)
  • The Trufflers (1916)
  • Temperamental Henry: An Episodic History of the Early Life and the Young Loves of Henry Calverly, 3rd (1917)
  • Henry Is Twenty: A Further Episodic History of Henry Calverly, 3rd (1918)
  • The Passionate Pilgrim: Being the Narrative of an Oddly Dramatic Year in the Life of Henry Calverly, 3rd (1919)
  • Hills of Han: A Romantic Incident (1919)
  • In Red and Gold (1921)
  • Goldie Green (1922)
  • Hattie of Hollywood (serialized in Photoplay, July–December 1922)
  • Silk : A Legend as Narrated in the Journals and Correspondence of Jan Po (1923)
  • The Moment of Beauty (1925)
  • The Entertaining Angel (1926)
  • "Old Concord, Seen through Western Spectacles" (1926)
  • Anabel at Sea (1927)
  • Lady Can Do (1929)
  • Bad Penny (1933)
  • Rise and Fight Againe: The Story of a Life-Long Friend (1935)


  1. ^ a b c "Samuel Merwin, Novelist, 62, Dead. Author of Many Short Stories and Books Succumbs to Apoplexy at Club. Wrote 'Temperamental Henry' and 'Anthony the Absolute'. Women's Rights Advocate". New York Times. 18 October 1936. Retrieved 2010-10-16. His widow, who was Miss Edna Earl Fleshiem of Evanston, Ill. ... at their marriage in 1901, and a son, Samuel Kimball Merwin, survive. ...

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