Robert W. Chamber's historical novels

Discussion in 'Revolutionary War' started by Yanky, Jan 19, 2007.

  1. Yanky

    Yanky New Member

    Has anyone read his early 20th century novels on the Revolution in New York State? According to the Swiggett book on the Tory Butlers, War Out of Niagara, each one is written from the point of view of a different, fictional Continental officer, who of course meets and acts with the historical figures of the times. They are "Cardigan," "Maid-at-Arms," "The Hidden Children," and "The Reckoning."

    Interestingly, this Chambers is the same one known for early "weird tales" like "The King in Yellow," which supposedly influenced H.P. Lovecraft. I think he also wrote some bestselling novels about WWI right after that war ended.
  2. tonyt

    tonyt New Member

    No I have not heard or read of these novels . Do you know if they are still in print ?
    I also have an interest in World War I and would like to know more about those novels ,if indeed Chambers wrote novels on the War to end All Wars .
  3. Yanky

    Yanky New Member

    This site has a lot of seemingly accurate information:

    I think the WWI books were actually written and published during the war, not after. Another website I ran across describes one of them, Barbarians, as "jingoistic crap," with an "all Huns are monsters" theme.

    I think most of the books are out of print. The New York Public Library circulating branches don't have any Chambers books. The Strand Bookstore in New York City had original editions of Cardigan and Maid-at-Arms on its shelves last week when I browsed there. They were asking 5 to 7 dollars for each. I didn't buy them, but will if my other library, the Mercantile Library, doesn't have them (the thing about the Merc, which is a private library, is that they don't have an online catalog; you still have to go there and use the card catalog; but the Merc has tons of old, rare books that public libraries "weeded" and threw out a long time ago).
  4. foodietr

    foodietr New Member

    I have not read the book too, but I have subscribed for it under my next book meet. I think they are still printed in select publications, maybe if you want an online copy of it, you can search. I have a link but I am not sure if I can post it over here which redirects to a third party website.

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