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Walter R. Brooks (1886–1958)

Autor/a de Freddy the Detective

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Walter R. Brooks was born on January 9, 1886 in Rome, New York. He attended the Mohegan Lake Military Academy from 1902 to 1904 and the University of Rochester from 1904 to 1906. In 1906 he went to New York City to study homeopathic medicine at the Homeopathic Medical College and Flower Hospital. mostra'n més He dropped out of medical school at the end of 1908. He found employment with an advertising agency, and then temporarily retired in 1911 after receiving a considerable inheritance. In 1917, he went to work for the American Red Cross and later did editorial work for several magazines, including The New Yorker. In 1915, his first work, a sonnet titled Haunted, was published in the Century magazine. He is best remembered for his short stories and children's books. His first short story for adults, Harden's Chance, appeared in the Forum magazine for December 1915. Altogether he published more than 180 stories. His short story, Ed Signs the Pledge, about a talking horse was the basis for the 1960s television comedy series Mister Ed. He published one novel for adults, Ernestine Takes Over and a guidebook, New York: An Intimate Guide. The first Freddy the Pig book, To and Again, was published in 1927. He wrote 25 more books wrote about Freddy the Pig and his friends. He died on August 17, 1958. (Bowker Author Biography) mostra'n menys


Obres de Walter R. Brooks

Freddy the Detective (1932) 596 exemplars
Freddy Goes to Florida (1980) 415 exemplars
Freddy and the Ignormus (1941) 220 exemplars
Freddy the Pilot (1952) 200 exemplars
Freddy Goes Camping (1986) 185 exemplars
Freddy and the Bean Home News (1943) 175 exemplars
Freddy and the Space Ship (1605) 165 exemplars
Freddy Goes to the North Pole (1930) 164 exemplars
Freddy and Mr. Camphor (1944) 161 exemplars
Freddy Plays Football (2001) 138 exemplars
Freddy the Politician (1939) 129 exemplars
Freddy the Cowboy (1987) 118 exemplars
Freddy and the Men from Mars (1954) 109 exemplars
Freddy and the Perilous Adventure (1942) 106 exemplars

Obres associades

In the Stacks: Short Stories about Libraries and Librarians (2002) — Col·laborador — 534 exemplars
Alfred Hitchcock's Ghostly Gallery (1962) — Col·laborador — 368 exemplars
Alfred Hitchcock's Haunted Houseful (1961) — Col·laborador — 312 exemplars
The Young Folks' Shelf of Books, Volume 03: Magic in the Air (1962) — Col·laborador — 163 exemplars
The Random House Book of Ghost Stories (1991) — Col·laborador — 135 exemplars
Arrow Book of Ghost Stories (1960) — Col·laborador — 112 exemplars
Great Stories for Young Readers (1969) — Col·laborador — 91 exemplars
Best Shorts: Favorite Stories for Sharing (2006) — Col·laborador — 90 exemplars
Great Stories from the Saturday Evening Post (1947) — Col·laborador — 7 exemplars
Writing Books for Boys and Girls (1952) — Col·laborador, algunes edicions5 exemplars
Spooky Tales: Spine-Chilling Stories of Ghosts and Ghouls (1984) — Col·laborador — 3 exemplars
The Saturday Evening Post Stories: 1942-1945 (1946) — Col·laborador — 3 exemplars


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Data de naixement
Data de defunció
Lloc d'enterrament
Hamilton, New York, USA
Llocs de residència
Rome, New York, USA
New York, New York, USA
Roxbury, New York, USA
University of Rochester
Charles Schlessiger (Brandt & Hochman Literary Agency)
Biografia breu
Walter R. Brooks was born in Rome, New York, on January 9, 1886. His mother, Fanny Stevens Brooks, was the daughter of Samuel Barron Stevens, a banker and two-time mayor of Rome. His father, William Walter Brooks, was the son of Dr. Walter Rollin Brooks, an eminent Baptist clergyman and a member of the faculty of Madison University in Hamilton, NY. The university was then a Baptist theological seminary, though today - re-named - it is Colgate University.

When Walter was four, his father - who worked as a music teacher - died. Eleven years later, his mother died, as well. Walter was sent to the Mohegan Lake Military Academy in Peekskill, NY, for two years (1902-04). In 1904 he went to live with his older sister, Elsie and her husband, Dr. Willliam Perrin, a distinguished homeopathic doctor and professor at the University of Rochester, where Walter was a student from 1904-1906.

In 1906 he went to New York City to study homeopathic medicine at the Homeopathic Medical College and Flower Hospital. He dropped out of medical school at the end of 1908 and returned to Rochester where, on January 22, 1909, he married Anne Shephard. From 1910-1911 Walter worked for the Frank Du Noyer Advertising Agency in Utica.

In 1911 Walter's two maiden aunts, Rhoda and Lucy, died within a month of each other and, apparently, Walter came into a considerable amount of money. At least he later wrote that, for some reason, he "retired" about that time. In 1915 his first work - a sonnet titled "Haunted" - was published in the Century magazine.

In 1917 he went to work for the American Red Cross as a publicist. He worked for the Red Cross until 1927, moving, in 1919, to New York City.

The first Freddy book, To and Again, was published in 1927. From 1928-1932 Walter worked as a book review editor and columnist for The Outlook and Independent magazine, where he was one of the first reviewers to discover the work of Dashielle Hammett. From 1932-33 Walter worked for the New Yorker, writing "Talk of the Town" pieces. From 1933-1937 he was a Contributing Editor to Fiction Parade magazine and from 1938-1940 held a similar position with Scribner's Commentator. From 1940 until the end of his life in 1958, Walter gave up editorial work and devoted full time to Freddy and the writing of his adult short stories.

In 1937 Walter and Anne discovered Roxbury. They were originally attracted to the village by the presence of an art school at the Burro Ranch (Anne was an artist, who specialized in portraits). Within a year or so, Walter had leased property from a nearby farmer and built the cabin on a hill above Roxbury where he and Anne summered until 1948 when they moved to Roxbury year-round, buying the house on Main Street that the Friends of Freddy make a pilgrimage to after conventions.

Anne died in 1952 and, two months later, Walter married Dorothy Collins. Walter died on August 17, 1958.

Walter's first short story for adults, "Harden's Chance," appeared in the Forum magazine for December 1915. From then until 1934 he published thirty-three more. Starting in September 1934, he began selling stories to Esquire and hit his stride as a short story writer. Altogether he published more than 180 stories, 25 of which starred Ed, the talking horse.

Walter published one novel for adults, Ernestine Takes Over (Morrow 1935) and a guidebook, New York: An Intimate Guide (Knopf 1931). A second novel, The Romantic Liars, was serialized in Country Gentleman magazine in 1925 but was never published in hardcover.



Two books in one volume:

Freddy Goes to Florida
Freddy and his friends from Bean Farm migrate south for the winter, with every mile of the way a terrific adventure complete with bumbling robbers and a nasty bunch of alligators.

Freddy the Detective
Freddy the pig, stimulated by reading Sherlock Holmes, sets up in a business as a detective.
PlumfieldCH | Hi ha 1 ressenya més | Sep 21, 2023 |
After reading Sherlock Holmes stories, Freddy the Pig decides to try his hand at detective work. After a bumbling start to this new career, he soon makes a name for himself, solving several crimes of animal natures, as well as bringing two human bank robbers to justice.
A funny, light-hearted children's book that has aged remarkably well since its original publication in 1932.
fingerpost | Hi ha 6 ressenyes més | Mar 4, 2023 |
Freddy the Pig and a few of his barnyard friends go on trip to the North Pole, but Ferdinand the crow brings back word to the Bean Farm that the group was taken in by a stranded group of sailors, who may have ill intent towards the animals. So a rescue party is formed with those animals who hadn't originally gone to the North Pole, and they set off. Eventually, with assorted small adventures along the way, the rescue party arrives to find their animal friends, and the suspect sailors, all in the good hands of Santa Claus. They all hang out with Saint Nick in his palace for a while before eventually being taken back home to the Bean's in Santa's sleigh.
Preposterous, but fun story, with some genuinely hilarious moments. Great story to read to young children, or to enjoy as an adult if you're capable of suspending every shred of realistic logic from your brain.
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fingerpost | Hi ha 3 ressenyes més | Sep 24, 2022 |



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