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About the Author: Robert W. Chambers

Robert William Chambers was an American artist and writer.

Robert was first educated at the Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute,and then entered the Art Students' League at around the age of twenty, where the artist Charles Dana Gibson was his fellow student. Chambers studied at the École des Beaux-Arts, and at Académie Julian, in Paris from 1886 to 1893, and his work was displayed at the Salon as early as 1889. On his return to New York, he succeeded in selling his illustrations to Life, Truth, and Vogue magazines. Then, for reasons unclear, he devoted his time to writing, producing his first novel, In the Quarter (written in 1887 in Munich). His most famous, and perhaps most meritorious, effort is The King in Yellow, a collection of weird short stories, connected by the theme of the fictitious drama The King in Yellow, which drives those who read it insane.

Chambers returned to the weird genre in his later short story collections The Maker of Moons and The Tree of Heaven, but neither earned him such success as The King in Yellow.

Chambers later turned to writing romantic fiction to earn a living. According to some estimates, Chambers was one of the most successful literary careers of his period, his later novels selling well and a handful achieving best-seller status. Many of his works were also serialized in magazines.

After 1924 he devoted himself solely to writing historical fiction.

Chambers for several years made Broadalbin his summer home. Some of his novels touch upon colonial life in Broadalbin and Johnstown.

On July 12, 1898, he married Elsa Vaughn Moller (1882-1939). They had a son, Robert Edward Stuart Chambers (later calling himself Robert Husted Chambers) who also gained some fame as an author.

Chambers died at his home in the village of Broadalbin, New York, on December 16th 1933.

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Goodreads rating: 3.83

Paperback, Published in Oct 2008 by Vincent Press

ISBN10: 1443773476 | ISBN13: 9781443773478

Page count: 540

PREFACE THOSE who read this romance for the sake of what history it may contain will find the histories from which I have helped myself more profitable. Those antiqnarians who hunt their hobbies through books had best drop the trail of this book at the prcface, for they will draw but a blank covert in these pages. Better for the antiquarian that he seek the mansion of Sir JVilliam Johnson, vhich is still standing in Johnstown, NCW York, and see with his own eyes the hatchetsears in the solid mahogany banisters where Thaycnclanegea hacked out polished chips. It wolld doubtless prove more profitable for the antiquarian to thumb those hatchet marks than these pages. But there be some simple folk who read romance for its own useless sake. To such quiet minds, innocent and disinterested, I have some little confidences to impart There are still trout in the Kennyetto the wild aucks still splash on the Vlaie, where Sir William awoke the echoes with his flintlock the spot where his hunting-box stood is still called Summer-House Point and huge pike in goldengreen chain-mail still halint the dark depths of tho Vlaie water, even on this fair April day in the year of our Lord 1900.

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