Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Francis Rolt-Wheeler , Overview and Advertising Piece
Francis Rolt Wheeler( 1876-1960) was the author of six juvenile series as well as a number of non series juvenile and adult books. He was born in London.
He entered the United States in 1893 and during the next several years worked in the newspaper business as an editor at the Winnipeg Daily Telegram, Daily Plain Dealer in Grand Forks, South Dakota, Minneapolis Tribune and Chicago Daily Chronicle.
He graduated from the Western Theological Seminary in Chicago in 1903.
Subsequently he wrote and lectured.
His marriage of a number of years rapidly deteriorated when his wife swore out affidavits in July, 1915 suing him for a marital separation on the grounds of cruelty, failing to support her and abandonment. She claimed that he tried to induce her to kill herself, wrote love letters to another woman and failed to pay for her support of $7 per week as ordered by the court.
After the formal divorce, he continued to write and in 1922 moved to Tunis. Later he went to Nice where he spent the rest of his life. From the 1930's on his writings included books on mystical ideas and he edited journals on astrology. Although have some of these journals, since they are in French, I cannot begin to determine whether he was somewhat "off" in those years. His last juvenile series books were completed in 1929.
(References include the New York Times July 17, 1915, Dime Novel Round-Up-Rolt Wheeler-Dizer March 15, 1974, Who's Who in America)
This entry pictures a non series adult drama, Nimrod, published in 1912 by Lothrop, Lee and Shepard. The interesting item here is the advertising sheet.
This flyer gives a summary of the book and is on heavy duty paper.
Juvenile series information on Francis Rolt-Wheeler will follow in the next several days.