Author

James Oliver Curwood

James Oliver Curwood books and biography



James Oliver Curwood

Curwood's Portrait 

 

Curwood Marker

 

James Oliver Curwood, born June 12, 1878 - died August 13, 1927, was an American novelist and conservationist.

Born in Owosso, Michigan he left high school without graduating but was able to pass the entrance exams to the University of Michigan where he studied journalism. In 1900, Curwood sold his first story while working for the Detroit News-Tribune. By 1909 he had saved enough money to travel to the Canadian northwest, a trip that provided the inspiration for his wilderness adventure stories. The success of his novels afforded him the opportunity to return to the Yukon and Alaska for several months each year that allowed him to write more than thirty such books. A great number of his works were turned into movies, several of which starred Nell Shipman as a brave and adventurous woman in the wilds of the north. Many films from Curwood's writings were made during his lifetime, as well as after his passing through to the 1950s. In 1988 French director Jean-Jacques Annaud used his 1916 novel, "The Grizzly King" to make the film The Bear (movie). Annaud's success generated a renewed interest in Curwood's stories that resulted in five more films being produced in 1994 and 1995.

By 1922, Curwood's writings had made him a very wealthy man and he fulfilled a childhood fantasy by building Curwood Castle in Owosso. Constructed in the style of an 18th century French chateau, the estate overlooked the Shiawassee River. In one of the home's two large turrets, Curwood set up his writing studio. Curwood also owned a camp in a remote area in Baraga County, Michigan, near the Huron Mountains.

An advocate of environmentalism, Curwood was appointed to the Michigan Conservation Commission in 1926. The following year, while on a Florida fishing trip, Curwood was bitten on the thigh by what was believed to have been a spider and had an immediate allergic reaction. Health problems related to the bite escalated over the next few months and infection set in that led to his death from blood poisoning.

Interred in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Owosso, his Curwood Castle is now a museum. During the first full weekend in June of each year, the city of Owosso holds the Curwood Festival to celebrate the city's heritage . Also in his honor, a mountain in L'Anse Township, Michigan was given the name Mount Curwood, and the L'Anse Township Park was renamed Curwood Park.

"Nature is my religion. And my desire...my ambition...the great goal I wish to achieve is to take my readers with me into the heart of this Nature. I love it, and I feel that they must love it......if I can only get the two acquainted." J.O. Curwood

Bibliography

  • 1908 - The Courage of Captain Plum
  • 1908 - The Wolf Hunters
  • 1909 - The Great Lakes
  • 1909 - The Gold Hunters
  • 1910 - The Danger Trail
  • 1911 - The Honor of the Big Snows
  • 1911 - Steele of the Royal Mounted
  • 1912 - The Flower of the North
  • 1913 - Isobel: A Romance of the Northern Trail
  • 1914 - Kazan
  • 1915 - God's Country and the Woman
  • 1916 - The Hunted Woman
  • 1916 - The Grizzly King
  • 1917 - Baree, Son of Kazan
  • 1918 - The Courage of Marge O'Doone
  • 1919 - Nomads of the North
  • 1919 - The River's End
  • 1920 - Back to God's Country
  • 1920 - The Valley of Silent Men
  • 1921 - God's Country - The Trail to Happiness
  • 1921 - The Golden Snare
  • 1921 - The Flaming Forest
  • 1922 - The Country Beyond
  • 1923 - The Alaskan
  • 1924 - A Gentleman of Courage
  • 1925 - The Ancient Highway
  • 1926 - Swift Lightning
  • 1926 - The Black Hunter
  • 1928 - The Plains of Abraham
  • 1929 - The Crippled Lady of Peribonka
  • 1930 - Green Timber
  • 1930 - Son of the Forests
  • 1931 - Falkner of the Inland Seas




This article might use material from a Wikipedia article, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.

Sponsored Links


Back To Gods Country And Other Stories

Baree, Son Of Kazan

Flower Of The North

God's Country, And The Woman

Isobel


By James Oliver Curwood
Novel

Download
Isobel


Details Report

Share this Book!

Kazan


By James Oliver Curwood
Novel

Download
Kazan


Details Report

Share this Book!

Nomads Of The North

Philip Steele Of The Royal Mounted Police

The Alaskan


By James Oliver Curwood
Action , Adventure

Download
The Alaskan


Details Report

Share this Book!

The Country Beyond


By James Oliver Curwood
Action , Adventure

Download
The Country Beyond


Details Report

Share this Book!

The Courage Of Captain Plum


By James Oliver Curwood
Action , Adventure

Download
The Courage Of Captain Plum


Details Report

Share this Book!

The Danger Trail

The Flaming Forest


By James Oliver Curwood
Action , Adventure

Download
The Flaming Forest


Details Report

Share this Book!

The Gold Hunters


By James Oliver Curwood
Action , Adventure

Download
The Gold Hunters


Details Report

Share this Book!

The Golden Snare


By James Oliver Curwood
Action , Adventure

Download
The Golden Snare


Details Report

Share this Book!

The Grizzly King

The Hunted Woman

The River's End

The Valley Of Silent Men

The Wolf Hunters


By James Oliver Curwood
Action , Adventure

Download
The Wolf Hunters


Details Report

Share this Book!
message of the week Message of The Week

Bookyards Youtube channel is now active. The link to our Youtube page is here.

If you have a website or blog and you want to link to Bookyards. You can use/get our embed code at the following link.


Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Bookyards Facebook, Tumblr, Blog, and Twitter sites are now active. For updates, free ebooks, and for commentary on current news and events on all things books, please go to the following:

Bookyards at Facebook

Bookyards at Twitter

Bookyards at Pinterest

Bookyards atTumblr

Bookyards blog


message of the daySponsored Links