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Arms and the Woman - Harold MacGrath

Arms and the Woman - Harold MacGrath

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Arms and the WomanHarold MacGrath
Published:
1899
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Fiction, Action & Adventure,Romance
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http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/17359
 
About MacGrath:
Harold MacGrath (September 4, 1871- October 30, 1932) was a bestselling American novelist, short story writer, andscreenwriter. Also known occasionally asHarold McGrath, he was born inSyracuse, New York. As a young man, heworked as a reporter and columnist onthe Syracuse Herald newspaper until thelate 1890s when he published his firstnovel, a romance titled Arms and theWoman. According to the New YorkTimes, his next book, The PuppetCrown, was the No.7 bestselling book inthe United States for all of 1901. Fromthat point on, MacGrath never lookedback, writing novels for the mass marketabout love, adventure, mystery, spies,and the like at an average rate of morethan one a year. He would have threemore of his books that were among thetop ten bestselling books of the year. Atthe same time, he penned a number of short stories for major Americanmagazines such as The SaturdayEvening Post, Ladies Home Journal,and Red Book magazine. Several of MacGrath's novels were serialized inthese magazines and contributing tothem was something he would continueto do until his death in 1932. In 1912,Harold MacGrath became one of thefirst nationally-known authors to writedirectly for the movies when he washired by the American Film Company todo the screenplay for a short film in theWestern genre titled The VengeanceThat Failed. MacGrath had eighteen of his forty novels and three of his shortstories made into films plus he wrote thestory for another four motion pictures. And, three of his books were also madeinto Broadway plays. One of the manyfilms made from MacGrath's writingswas the 1913 serial The Adventures of Kathlyn starring Kathlyn Williams. Whilewriting the thirteen episodes hesimultaneously wrote the book that waspublished immediately after theDecember 29, 1913, premiere of thefirst episode of the serial so as to be inbook stores during the screening of theentire thirteen episodes. AmongMacGrath's short stories made into filmwas the 1920 Douglas FairbanksProduction Company's feature-lengthadventure film The Mollycoddle based onMacGrath's short story with the sametitle that appeared in The SaturdayEvening Post in 1913. Directed by Victor Fleming, it starred Fairbanks, RuthRenick, and Wallace Beery and wasdistributed through the newly createdUnited Artists. It is said that during thissame time, a young Boris Karloff, whopreviously had a few uncredited filmroles, chose his stage name for his firstscreen credit in 1920 from the MacGrathnovel The Drums of Jeopardy, which hadalso been published by The SaturdayEvening Post in January of that year andwhich featured a Russian mad scientist

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