Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Child prodigies: Thriller writer Horace Atkisson Wade, Barbara Newhall Follett.

Horace Atkisson Wade,
from Current Opinion
April 1920
In Lapham's Quarterly Portland State University's Paul Collins provides the fascinating but sad tale of Barbara Newhall Follett, who published The House without Windows (Knopf, 1927) at age twelve to wide acclaim.  In the piece Collins also mentions Horace Atkisson Wade, who published a 30,000-word thriller, In the Shadow of Great Peril (1920), at age eleven. Go here for an article on Wade, who apparently followed up the thriller with a few more books and became involved with horse racing. (Hat tip to PhiloBiblos)

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