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Thomas Mayne Reid (Captain Mayne Reid)

Thomas Mayne Reid was a Scots-Irish American novelist. "Captain" Reid wrote many adventure novels akin to those written by Frederick Marryat and Robert Louis Stevenson. He was a great admirer of Lord Byron. These novels contain action that takes place primarily in untamed settings: the American West, Mexico, South Africa, the Himalayas, and Jamaica.

Background

  • Ethnicity: Both the Father and mother of the writer were Scots

  • Reid, Thomas Mayne was born on April 4, 1818 in Ballyroney, County Down, Ireland. Son of Thomas Mayne and Miss (Rutherford) Reid.

  • Career

    • Came to New Orleans, circa 1838. Published early verse in Pittsburgh Morning Chronicle under penname The Poor Scholar, 1842, also poems in Godey’s Lady’s Book. Wrote 5-act tragedy Love’s Martyr produced at Walnut Street Theatre, October 23, 1848.

      Became society correspondent for New York Herald at Newport, Rhode Island, summer 1846. Wrote for Spirit of the Times, fall 1846. Served from Second lieutenant to First lieutenant, 1st New York Volunteers in Mexican War, 1846-1848, served at Veracruz, Battle of Chapultepec.

      Published Little Times (evening daily), London, England., 1866. Returned to American, 1867. Published magazine Onward, 1869-circa 1870.

    Major achievements

    • He returned to England and began writing adventure stories that were especially popular with boys. The first of these was "The Rifle Rangers" (1850). Others include "The Scalp Hunters" (1851), "The White Chief" (1855), and "The Headless Horseman" (1866).Reid wrote about seventy-five novels, and many short stories and sketches.

    Works

    • Popular Adventure Tales
    • Boy reader, you have heard of the Hudson's Bay Company? Ten to one you have worn a piece of fur which it has provided for you; if not, your pretty little sister has—in her muff, or her boa, or as a trimming for her winter dress.

    Views

    "A philosopher is, no doubt, entitled to examine even those distinctions that are to be found in the structure of all languages... in that case, such a distinction may be imputed to a vulgar error, which ought to be corrected in philosophy."

    "There is no greater impediment to the advancement of knowledge than the ambiguity of words. "

    "Every indication of wisdom, taken from the effect, is equally an indication of power to execute what wisdom planned. "

    Connections

    • Married Elizabeth Hyde, 1853.
    • mother: Miss (Rutherford) Reid
    • spouse: Elizabeth Hyde
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    Born April 4, 1818
    Died October 22, 1883
    (aged 65)
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    • September, 1834 - 1838
      Royal Academical Institution in Belfast
    • 1840
      Clerk or trader, Corn market
      New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
    • 1840
      Teacher
      Tennessee, Nashville
    • 1841
      Clerk
      Natchitoches, Louisiana, United States
    • 1846
      Correspondent, The New York Herald in Newport
      Rhode Island, USA
    • December 3, 1846
      The second lieutenant, The First New York Volunteer Infantry

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      • He returned to England and began writing adventure stories that were especially popular with boys. The first of these was "The Rifle Rangers" (1850). Others include "The Scalp Hunters" (1851), T"he White Chief" (1855), and "The Headless Horseman" (1866).Reid wrote about seventy-five novels, and many short stories and sketches.
      • He returned to England and began writing adventure stories that were especially popular with boys. The first of these was "The Rifle Rangers" (1850). Others include "The Scalp Hunters" (1851), "The White Chief" (1855), and "The Headless Horseman" (1866).Reid wrote about seventy-five novels, and many short stories and sketches.
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      • book: War Life or The Adventures of a Light Infantry Officers
      • novel (1850): The Rifle Rangers
      • Novel (1851): The Scalp Hunters
      • Novel (1852): The Desert Home
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      • novel (1853): The Boy Hunters
      • Novel (1854): The Young Voyageurs
      • Novel (1856): The Quadroon: Or A Lover's Adventures in Louisiana
      • novel (1859): Osceola the Seminole
      • novel (1866): The Headless Horseman
      • novel: The White Gauntlet
      • Novel (1870): The Castaways: A Story of Adventure in the Wilds of Borneo
      • Novel (1870): The Cliff Climbers A Sequel to "The Plant Hunters"
      • novel: The Quadroon - Adventures in the Far West
      • novel (1866): Popular Adventure Tales
      • novel (1859): El jefe blanco, una leyenda del norte de México (Spanish Edition)
      • Novel (1856): The Lone Ranche
      • Novel (1854): The Works of Mayne Reid - Kindle edition by Thomas Mayne Reid. Literature & Fiction Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.
      • novel (1853): À la mer ! (French Edition) eBook: Thomas Mayne-Reid, Lebreton, Henriette Loreau: Books
      • Novel (1851): The Desert HomeThe Adventures of a Lost Family in the Wilderness - Kindle edition by Mayne Reid. Literature & Fiction Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.
      • novel (1850): The War Trail The Hunt of the Wild Horse - Kindle edition by Mayne Reid. Literature & Fiction Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.
      • book: The Headless Horseman
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