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Early American Fiction Collection

EAF Author: Thomas Bangs Thorpe

Works in the Collection      Manuscript Materials      Biographies

Thomas Bangs Thorpe, artist and author, was born in Massachusetts and attended Wesleyan University, but did not graduate. Instead, Thorpe left in 1836 for New Orleans, where he initially pursued painting but soon began writing western tales under the name Tom Owen. These were first published in the collection Tom Owen the Bee Hunter. His direct involvement in the Mexican War led to the publication of his Our Army on the Rio Grande and Our Army on the Monterey. In 1853, he moved to New York City, where he published the collection of sketches titled The Hive of the "Bee Hunter."


Works in the EAF Collection

"The Big Bear of Arkansas", from The Big Bear of Arkansas, and Other Sketches (1845) (Restricted)

"Bob Herring, The Arkansas Bear Hunter", from A Quarter Race in Kentucky (1847) (Restricted)

The Hive of "The Bee-Hunter", A Repository of Sketches, Including Peculiar American Character, Scenery, and Rural Sports (1854) (Restricted)

The Master's House: A Tale of Southern Life (1854)

The Mysteries of the Backwoods; or, Sketches of the Southwest (1846) (Restricted)

"Stoke Stout, of Louisiana", from The Big Bear of Arkansas, and Other Sketches (1845) (Restricted)

EAF Manuscript Materials

Drawing: Thomas Bangs Thorpe

Contemporary Biographies

From Oscar Fay Adams, A Dictionary of American Authors (1901)

From Samuel Austin Allibone, A Critical Dictionary of English Literature (1900)

From Evert A. Duyckinck, Cyclopaedia of American Literature (1856)