F. Hopkinson Smith (1838-1915)

Francis Hopkinson Smith had several careers: engineer, artist, illustrator, and short story writer. Smith was a successful engineer, taking on difficult feats such as the foundations for the Statue of Liberty. He devoted more and more time to his hobby, which was painting. Smith traveled frequently to Europe and became known for his work in portraits, genre, and illustration. Smith accidentally began his career as a writer when he was in his fifties. A remarkable after-dinner raconteur, he decided to commit his stories to paper. In collections such as "At Close Range," Smith's stories were alert and businesslike, in the style of a reporter, with no sentimentality.

1890 circa 15 years
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J. E. Purdy
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