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Robert Grant


"Grant, Robert (Boston, Jan. 24, 1852). He is the son of Patrick and Charlotte Boardman (Rice) Grant, his father having been a merchant in Boston. His grandfather, a Scotsman, settled in Boston in 1800 and married a daughter of the Hon. Jonathan Mason, a United States Senator. Robert was educated at the Boston Latin School and at Harvard university, where he was graduated in 1873 and was the class poet. He took a post-graduate course in philology, received the degree of Ph.D. in 1876, and three years in the law School, that of LL.B. in 1879.

After practising law in Boston several years, he became a member of the Board of Water Commissioners and in 1889 its chairman. In 1893 he was chosen Judge of the Probate Court and Court of Insolvency for Suffolk County, Mass., . . . . He has been, since 1895, an overseer of Harvard University.

Judge Grant began his literary work when in college, and has kept it up throughout his official career . . . ."

[Rossiter Johnson (ed.), A Dictionary of Biographies of Authors Represented in the Authors Digest Series 231 (New York: Authors Press, 1908)(reprint, Gale Research Group, Detroit, 1974)][See also, [William Thomas Davis, Bench and Bar of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts 312 (Boston: Boston History Co., 1895)(vol.1)(short biographical entry)]


Robert Grant, Yankee Doodle: A Poem Delivered before the Phi Beta Kappa Society of Harvard University, June 28, 1883 (Boston: Cupples, Upham and Company, Old Corner Bookstore, 1883) [online text]

__________, Primulas and Pansies. Simple Verses (Boston: Dingwall & Wilson, 1886)

__________, Occasional Verses, 1873-1923 (Boston: Merrymount Press, 1926)(New York: Scribner's, 1927)


Robert Grant, Fourscore, an Autobiography (Boston: New York, Houghton Mifflin Company, 1934)


Robert Grant, The Little Tin Gods-on-wheels, or, Society in Our Modern Athens a Trilogy after the Manner of the Greek (Cambridge: C.W. Sever, 1879)(Cambridge [Massaschustts]: Charles W. Sever, University Bookstore, 1880)(Cambridge: C.W. Sever, 1892)

__________, The Confessions of a Frivolous Girl, a Story of a Fashionable Life (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company 1880)(Boston" A. Williams and Co. / Brentano's Literary Emporium, 1880)(Boston: A. Williams and Co., 1880)

__________, An Average Man (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1883)(Boston, J.R. Osgood and Co., 1884)(London: Trübner & Co., 1884)

__________, The Lambs a Tragedy (Boston: J.R. Osgood, 1883)(1882)

__________, The King's Men; a Tale of To-morrow (New York: Scribner, 1884)(New York: Scribner, 1970)(New York: Arno Press, 1975) [online text]

__________, A Romantic Young Lady (Boston: Ticknor, 1886) [online text]

__________, Face to Face (New York: C. Scribner's Sons, 1886)(New York: International Association of Newspapers and Authors, 1901)(New York: AMS Press, 1976)

__________, The Knave of Hearts a Fairy Story (Boston: Ticknor, 1886)(Boston: Houghton, Mifflin, 1894)

__________, Jack Hall: Or the School Days of an American Boy (Boston: Jordan, Marsh and Co., 1888)(Boston: Jordan, Marsh and Co., 1891)(New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1893)(New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1900)(New York: C. Scribner's Sons, 1906)(New York: C. Scribner's Sons, 1909)(New York: Scribner's, 1921)

__________, Jack in the Bush: or, A Summer on a Salmon River (Boston: Jordan, Marsh & Co., 1888)(Boston: Jordan, Marsh & Co., 1889)(New York: C. Scribner's Sons, 1893)

__________, Mrs. Harold Stagg (New York: G.W. Dillingham, 1891)(New York: Robert Bonner's Sons, Publishers, 1891)

__________, The Carletons, a Novel (New York: R. Bonner's Sons, 1891)(New York: R. Bonner's Sons, 1895)

__________, Mrs. Harold Stagg a novel (New York: Robert Bonner's Sons, 1891)(New York: G.W. Dillingham, 1898)

__________, The Reflections of a Married Man (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1892)(New York: C. Scribner's Sons, 1895)

__________, The Opinions of a Philosopher ( New York: Scribner, 1893)(New York: C. Scribner's, 1894) [online text]

__________, The Bachelor's Christmas, and Other Stories (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1895)(New York: Scribner's Sons, 1897)(New York: C. Scribner's Sons, 1901)(New York: C. Scribner's Sons, 1906)(Freeport, New York: Books for Libraries Press 1969)(New York, C. Scribner's Sons, 1969)

__________, The Art of Living (New York: C. Scribner's Sons, 1895)(New York: Scribner's Sons, 1899)

__________, The North Shore of Massachusetts (New York: C. Scribner's Sons, 1896)

__________, Search-Light Letters (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1899)

__________, Unleavened Bread (New York: C. Scribner's Sons, 1900)(New York: C. Scribner's Sons, 1906)(Ridgewood, New Jersey: Gregg Press 1968) [online text]

__________, The Bachelor's Christmas and The Matrimonial Tontine Benefit Association (New York: C. Scribner's Sons, 1902)

__________, The Undercurrent (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1904)(Toronto: Langton & Hall, 1904)

__________, The Orchid (1905)(Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Gregg Press, 1968)

__________, The Law-Breakers and Other Stories (1906)([New York]: Garrett Press, 1969)(New York: MSS Information Corp., 1972) [online text]

__________, The Chippendales (New York: C. Scribner's Sons, 1909)(New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1909)(Toronto: Copp, Clark, 1909)(New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1915)

__________, The Convictions of a Grandfather (New York: C. Scribner's Sons, 1912)

__________, The High Priestess (New York: C. Scribner's Sons, 1915)

__________, Their Spirit; Some Impressions of the English and French During the Summer of 1916 (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1916)

__________, Law and the Family (New York: C. Scribner's Sons, 1919)(New York, C. Scribner's Sons, 1920)

__________, The Bishop's Granddaughter (New York: C. Scribner, 1925)

__________, The Married Man: The Reflections of a Married Man and The Opinions of a Philosopher (New York: Scribner, 1925)

__________, Vanneck (New York: E.P. Dutton & Company, 1927)(London: J. Murray 1926)

__________, Paul Revere Frothingham (Boston: [Massachusetts Historical Society], 1927)("From the Proceedings of the Massachusetts Historical Society for June, 1927")

__________, Commemorative Tribute to James Ford Rhodes ([New York]: American Academy of Arts and Letters, 1928)

__________, Shorn! (London: John Murray, 1927)(New York: E.P. Dutton, 1928)

__________, The Dark Horse, a Story of the Younger Chippendales (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1931)

__________, Henry Saltonstall Howe: A Memoir (Boston, Massachusetts: [s.n.], 1932)


Frank Bergmann, Robert Grant (Boston: Twayne Publishers, 1982)

Norma S. Christensen, Robert Grant: Novelist of the Progressive Era, master's thesis, University of Wyoming, 1971.

Research Resources

Robert Grant Papers, 1892-1938
Clifton Waller Barrett Library
University of Virginia Library
Charlottesville, Virginia