Henry Blake Fuller
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Pen Name: Sometimes, he wrote under the name of Stanton Page
Born: January 9, 1857 in Chicago, Illinois
Died: July 28, 1929 in Chicago, Illinois
Celebrated on the Illinois State Library, Gwendolyn Brooks Building
"What is a man's best age? Peter Ibbetson, entering dreamland with complete freedom to choose, chose twenty-eight, and kept there. But twenty-eight, for our present purpose, has a drawback: a man of that age, if endowed with ordinary gifts and responsive to ordinary opportunities, is undeniably- a man; whereas what we require here is something just short of that." - Henry Blake Fuller, Bertam Cope's Year
Henry was born and raised in Chicago.
Biographical and Professional Information
Henry Blake Fuller was an American novelist and short story writer. He was a leader in the flowering of Chicago literature in the 1890s. After finishing school, he traveled abroad and came to think that European culture was superior to American. He moved to Europe but could not escape America for long -- when his father died, he returned to Chicago to take over the family business.
His novel, The Cliff-Dwellers (1893), set among residents of a Chicago skyscraper, is often identified as the first important American urban novel. His other Chicago fiction includes: With the Procession (1895), On the Stairs (1918), and Bertram Cope's Year (1919) as well as the short story collection Under the Skylights (1901).
- The Chevalier of Pensieri-Vani, 1890
- The Cliff Dwellers, 1893
- With the Procession, 1895
- The Puppet-Booth, Twelve Plays, Century, 1896
- The Last Refuge, A Sicilian Romance, Houghton Mifflin, 1900
- Under the Skylights, Appleton, 1901
- Waldo Trench and Others, Stories of Americans in Italy, Scribners Sons, 1908
- On the Stairs, Houghton Mifflin, 1918
- Bertram Cope's Year, 1919
- Not on the Screen, 1930
- "The New Flag"
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In 1990, his name was engraved on the frieze of the Illinois State Library alongside other great Illinois literary figures.
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