Henry Blake Fuller
Celebrated on the Illinois State Library Gwendolyn Brooks Building
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
Fuller 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 returned to Chicago to take over the family business after his father died.
His novel, The Cliff-Dwellers, 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, On the Stairs, and Bertram Cope's Year as well as the short story collection Under the Skylights.
- 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
Titles at Your Library
With the Procession
Release Date: 2006-11-03
Under the Skylights
Release Date: 2008-02-05
On The Stairs
Release Date: 2008-01-31
In 1990, his name was engraved on the frieze of the Illinois State Library alongside other great Illinois literary figures.
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