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John Roy Musick


John Roy Musick was born in St Louis County, Missouri and grew up on a farm near Kirksville, Missouri. He attended the First District Normal School in Kirksville in 1874, taught a term at the school, and then read law with a Kirksville attorney. During his legal studies, he published, for some six months in early 1875, a newspaper The Tattler. He was admitted to the bar in 1876 and took up the practice of law which he continued until 1882 when he began to devote full-time to his writing. Writing poetry since he was a teenager, he produced a 12 volume set of Columbian Historical Novels which were published by Funk and Wagnalls in 1892 (with a thirteenth volume published the year of his death).

Musick's early writings were sometimes written under pseudonyms, Benjamin Broadaxe (or Broadax), Ebenezer Slypole, and Don Jenardo, among others.

[Source: John R. Musick's Scrapbook, Pickler Memorial Library, Truman State University]


John R. Musick, Brother Against Brother; or, The Tompkins Mystery. A Story of the Great American Rebellion (New York: J.S. Ogilvie, 1887)(Brother Against Brother, New York: International Book Co., 1887) Publication:

____________, Calamity Row; or, The Sunken Records (Chicago: Rand, McNally & company, 1887)

____________, Columbia. A Story of the Discovery of America (New York, Worthington Co., 1891)(New York: Worthington Co., 1892)(New York: Funk & Wagnalls, 1895)

____________, Saint Augustine. A Story of the Huguenots in America (New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company, 1892)

____________, Estevan. A Story of the Spanish Conquests (New York: Funk & Wagnalls Co., 1892)

____________, Independence. A Story of the Revolution (New York: Funk & Wagnalls Co., 1893)

____________, Humbled Pride. A Story of the Mexican War (New York: Funk & Wagnalls Co., 1893)

____________, A Century Too Soon. A Story of Bacon's rebellion (New York: Funk & Wagnalls Co., 1893)

____________, Sustained Honor. A Story of the War of 1812 (New York: Funk & Wagnalls Co., 1893)

____________, The Witch of Salem; or, Credulity Run Mad (New York: Funk & Wagnalls Co., 1893)

____________, The Pilgrims. A Story of Massachusetts (New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company, 1893)

____________, Union. A Story of the Great Rebellion (New York: Funk & Wagnalls Co., 1894)

____________, Pocahontas. A Story of Virginia (New York: Funk & Wagnalls Co., 1893)

____________, Braddock. A Story of the French and Indian Wars (New York: Funk & Wagnalls Co., 1893)

____________, (New York: Funk & Wagnalls Co., 1893)

____________, Stories of Missouri (New York: American Book Company, 1897)

____________, Hawaii, our new possessions an account of travels and adventure, with sketches of the scenery, customs and manners, mythology and history of Hawaii to the present, and an appendix containing the treaty of annexation to the United States (New York: Funk & Wagnalls, 1898)

____________, His Brother's Crime (London/New York: F. Tennyson Neely, 1898)

____________, John Hancock: A Character sketch (Dansville, New York: Instructor Pub. Co., 1898)(Chicago: The University Association, 1898)(Chicago: Union School Furnishing Co., 1903)

____________, History of the War with Spain: with a complete record of its causes, with incidents of the struggle for supremacy in the western hemisphere (New York: J.S. Ogilvie Pub., 1898)

____________, Lights and Shadows of Our War with Spain a series of historical sketches, incidents, anecdotes and personal experiences in the Hispano-American war (New York: J.S. Ogilvie, 1898)

____________, Crutches for Sale: An Osteopathic Novel (Chicago: F Tennyson Neely, 1899)

____________, Cuba Libre; A Story of the Hispano-American War (New York, London, Funk & Wagnalls Company, 1900)

_____________, Columbian Historical Novels: Being a complete history of the United States from the time of Columbus to the present day, with reading courses (New York: Funk & Wagnalls, 1906)(13 vols.)

v. I. Columbia: a story of the discovery of America
v. II. Estevan: a story of the Spanish conquests
v. III. Saint Augustine: a story of the Huguenots in America
v. IV. Pocahontas: a story of Virginia
v. V. The Pilgrims: a story of Massachusetts
v. VI. A century too soon: a story of Bacon's rebellion
v. VII. The witch of Salem: or, Credulity run mad
v. VIII. Braddock: a story of the French and Indian wars
v. IX. Independence: a story of the revolution
v. X. Sustained honor: a story of the war of 1812
v. XI. Humbled pride: a story of the Mexican war
v. XII. Union: a story of the great rebellion
v. XIII. Cuba libre: a story of the Hispano-American war

[The Real America in Romance (New York: W.H. Wise & Co., 1908)(14 vols.)]