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Finding Aid for the Joan Steele Collection of Material about Mayne Reid, 1853-1882
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Description
Joan Steele wrote her dissertation on Mayne Reid for the UCLA Department of English and later published a book titled, Captain Mayne Reid (1978). Mayne Reid (1818-1883) sailed from Ireland to the U.S. in 1839 and began to publish poetry and stories after settling in Philadelphia in 1843. He also wrote dime novels for the publisher Beadle and Adams. His publications include War life (1849), The rifle rangers (1850), The scalp hunters (1851), The desert home (1852), The boy hunters (1853), The young voyageurs (1854), Lost Lenore (1864), and The headless horseman: a strange tale of Texas (1865). The collection consists of research materials used by Joan Steele while writing her dissertation on Mayne Reid.
Background
Joan Steele wrote her dissertation on Mayne Reid for the UCLA Department of English and later published a book titled, Captain Mayne Reid (1978); Reid was born April 4, 1818 in Ballyroney, County Down, Northern Ireland; he sailed to the U.S. in 1839 and began to publish poetry and stories after settling in Philadelphia in 1843; joined the First New York Volunteer Regiment in 1846 and left the U.S. Army as a captain in 1848; he returned to Europe in 1849; later returned to America and wrote dime novels for the publisher Beadle and Adams; went back to England in 1870 and died in October 1883; his publications include War life (1849), The rifle rangers (1850), The scalp hunters (1851), The desert home (1852), The boy hunters (1853), The young voyageurs (1854), Lost Lenore (1864), and The headless horseman: a strange tale of Texas (1865).
Extent
3 boxes (1.5 linear ft.)
Availability
COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.