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Notawkah, Friend of the Miamis – Indiana Historical Fiction

a story of the Wabash country, now within the bounds of the sovereign state of Indiana, when it was on the fringe of the trans-Allegheny frontier, 1761-1762

Hays, Arthur Homer
Caxton 1932

This story depicts events at a critical period in the history of the Northwest. The British had recently won the region from the French in the French and Indian War, and Native Americans there had to decide whether their trade and diplomatic relations with the British would be friendly or hostile. Meanwhile, American frontiersmen were looking hungrily at these new lands.

Hoosier Tales: Stories from Contemporary Indiana Authors – Indiana Short Stories

Henson, Charles W., ed.
Henson 1995

The volume contains 30 short stories within four chapters, entitled: ‘Home and Hearth’, ‘Small Town Folks’, ‘Mystery and Adventure’, and ‘Town Limits’.

Gee-boy – Novels Set in Indiana

Hooper, Cyrus Lauron
NY: Lane 1903

Cyrus Lauron Hooper (1863-?) was born at Rockport, IN. He graduated from Indiana University, and also attended the University of Chicago. He worked as an administrator in the Chicago city school system. Besides a few works of fiction, he also authored a number of textbooks.

A Man Story – Book Set in Indiana

Howe, Edgar Watson
Boston: Ticknor 1889

Edgar Watson Howe (1853-1937) was born at Treaty, IN. Mostly self-educated, he began work at a printing office at the age of 12. At 19 he was publishing a newspaper in Golden, CO, and then moved on to Atchison, KS, where he edited the Atchison Daily Globe for 34 years. During his tenure the Globe became the most extensively quoted newspaper in the U.S., as other newspapers used his material. In 1911 he turned the paper over to his sons, devoting himself to travel and travel-writing. He was known as the “Sage of Potato Hill”.

Something Rising (light and swift) – Books that Take Place in Indiana

Kimmel, Haven
Free Press 2004

This tale is set in a “small town in Indiana. Cassie Claiborne, the most grounded person in her family, longs for her feckless father to return home but in the meantime, she grows into a young woman and shoulders the burden herself. On one of his increasingly rare visits, her father takes her to a pool hall. and she watches him play. When she takes her turn with the Cue, it becomes clear that Cassie has an innate talent for the game. She starts playing for money and routinely beats arrogant men who think they can easily best a young girl. Her skill ultimately leads her to a match with her father, but even pool playing can’t make up for his abandonment of her, or the fact that Cassie’s destiny might lie beyond Roseville.” Booklist . Books set in Indiana.

Hoosier Odd Fellows: A Story of Indiana – Books Based in Indiana

Kinkead, James H.
Cincinnati: Kinkead 1877

Books set in Indiana.

The Rugged Way – Indiana Authors and their Books

Kramer, Harold Morton
Boston, Lothrop, Lee & Shepard 1911

Harold Morton Kramer (1873-1930) was born in Frankfort, IN; the youngest of 10 children. He as educated in the Frankfort public schools. In 1898 he volunteered for service in the Spanish-American War, and then volunteered again in WWI. However, he was too old for military service in 1917, so was sent to France with the YMCA to help provide support for the troops. He began his career as a printer in Frankfort, and soon became a newspaper editor there. In 1910 he retired from newspapers and supported himself by lecturing.

An Indiana Girl – Indiana Novel

Lincoln, Fred S.
Washington: Neale 1901

Frederick S. Lincoln (1874-?) was born in Ottumwa, IA, moving with his parents to Logansport, IN as a toddler. He also lived for a time in Columbus, IN.

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Raintree County – Books Set in Indiana

which had no boundaries in time and space, where lurked musical and strange names and mythical and lost peoples, and which was itself only a name musical and strange

Lockridge, Ross Jr.
Houghton 1948

Story of Raintree County, Indiana from 1844 to 1892, showing current events as the hero saw them on his visits back to his home county. Book set in Indiana.

A Forest Hearth : A Romance of Indiana in the Thirties – Indiana History Novel

Major, Charles
NY: Macmillan 1903

The author was born in Indianapolis in 1856 but lived in Shelbyville from the age of 13. He was a popular writer whose first novel appeared in 1898. He was also an attorney and an amateur historian of Indiana and of the English Tudor period. Book set in Indiana.

Uncle Tom Andy Bill: a story of bears and Indian treasure – Indiana Authors and their Books

Major, Charles
NY: Macmillan 1908

See the biographical note on Major at his other novel above.

A book of lively, wholesome stories of adventure which Uncle Tom Andy Bill, seventy and reminiscent, selects from his boyhood experiences.
– Book Review Digest. Books set in Indiana.

The World Destroyer – Books Based in Indiana

Mann, Horace, (pseud.)
Washington: Lucas-Lincoln 1903

Books set in Indiana.

The Man from Brodney’s – Indiana Novel

McCutcheon, George Barr
NY: Dodd, Mead 1908

George Barr McCutcheon (1866-1928) was born in Tippecanoe County, IN. His father was a respected farmer who was given charge of the first farm opened by Purdue University. George attended Purdue briefly, but left to be a newspaperman in Lafayette. About 1901, with his career as a novelist well underway, he left the newspaper and Lafayette, moving to New York. He published many popular novels through the nineteen-teens and ‘twenties.

Quill’s Window – Book Set in Indiana

McCutcheon, George Barr
NY: Dodd, Mead 1921

“Quill’s Window is the name given by a certain Indiana country population to the opening of a cave high up on a rock, a site connected with many weird stories. It becomes the center of this story, which relates the villainies of an invalided rake, posing as an ex-service man while he is making love and seducing country girls and trying to secure the hand of a rich heiress. When his iniquities have found him out, the cave becomes his last refuge where he is hounded down and brought to bay by the brother of one of his victims.
“The darker threads of the story are loosely woven together and the end, if not perfectly neat, is at least crashing.”- The Book Review Digest. Books set in Indiana.

Slag; A Story of Steel and Stocks – Books that Take Place in Indiana

McGibeny, Donald
Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill 1922

Books set in Indiana.

In Orbit – Books Set in Indiana

Morris, Wright
New American Library 1967

“In the space of one day, Jubal E. Gainer, high school dropout and draft dodger, manages to rack up an impressive array of crimes, moral and felonious. He steals a friend’s motorcycle, rapes a simple-minded spinster, mugs a pixyish professor, and stabs an obese visionary who runs a surplus store. He then waits out an Indiana twister and goes on his way, leaving as much wreckage in his path as the twister itself.” Library J

The Sand Doctor

Mulder, Arnold
Boston: Houghton Mifflin 1921

Books set in Indiana.

Thad Perkins: A Story of Early Indiana – Indiana Historical Novel

Myers, Frank A.
London: Tennyson Neely 1899

Books set in Indiana.

A Hoosier Chronicle – Indiana Authors

Nicholson, Meredith
Houghton 1912

Study of political and social life in Indiana with a love story involving the mystery of the heroine’s parentage.” – NY state lib. Books that take place in Indiana.
Meredith Nicholson (1866-1947) was born in Crawfordsville, IN, son of one of the more substantial farmers in his county. He moved with his family to Indianapolis in 1872, remaining there most of his life. As a young man he worked at local newspapers and also studied law. In the late ’90s he left newspaper work to serve as Treasurer for a mining corporation in Denver, returning to Indianapolis in about 1900. It was about that time that he began writing full-time, gradually becoming one of the best-known writers of his day. He retired as a novelist in the ’30s, but continued to write essays.

House of a Thousand Candles – Indiana Authors and their Books

Nicholson, Meredith
Bobbs 1905

“Underground passages, a villain, a love affair, shooting and much mystery are associated with the ‘house of a thousand candles,’ in which a young globe-trotter must live a year in order to comply with his grandfather’s will.” -A.L.A.

The Siege of the Seven Suitors – Famous Authors from Indiana

Nicholson, Meredith
NY: Grosset & Dunlap 1910

Books set in Indiana.

The Hoosier Editor. A Tale of Indiana Life

Perrow, George L.
Indianapolis: Tilford & Carlon 1877

Books set in Indiana.

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The Conflict: A Novel – Books Set in Indiana

Phillips, David Graham
NY: Appleton 1911

David Graham Phillips (1867-1911) was born in Madison, IN, the son of a banker. After attending Madison’s public schools, David studied at Asbury College (now DePauw University), transferring to Princeton after two years. After graduation there he worked as a reporter in Cincinnati, earning a reputation as something of a phenomenon. In 1890 he sought greener pastures in New York, winding up on the editorial staff of Joseph Pulitzer’s “World” in just three years. In 1901 he published his first novel, “The Great God Success” to popular and critical acclaim. He soon gave up newspaper employment and earned his living with novels and free-lance articles for magazines, becoming known as a muckraker. He is considered by some critics to be one of America’s best novelists; by others simply a great journalist.

The Social Secretary

Phillips, David Graham
Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill 1905

Books set in Indiana.

Tales of a Vanishing River

Reed, Earl H.
NY: Lane 1920

“The background of this collection of sketches and stories is the country through which flowed one of the most interesting of our western rivers before its destruction as a natural waterway. This book is not a history. It is intended as an interpretation of the life along the river that the author has come in contact with during many years of familiarity with the region.”
– from the author’s Foreword

The river was the Kankakee, near the southern end of Lake Michigan, and once the main confluent of the Illinois. Once it lapped its leisurely course with many ramifications through low marsh lands, teeming with natural beauty and bird life, the home of the Miami and Pottawatomie Indians. Now the Indians and the beauty and the birds are gone and a mighty ditch of straight-channeled course has drained away the marshes. The book is an attempt at the Interpretation of the life along the river that has vanished and is illustrated with sketches by the author. The contents are: The vanishing river; The silver arrow; The brass bound box; The “Wether book” of Buck Granger’s grandfather; Tipton Posey’s store; Muskrat Hyatt’s redemption; The turkey club; The predicaments of Colonel Peets; His unlucky star.
– Book Review Digest

Pipes o’Pan at Zekesbury – Famous Authors from Indiana

Riley, James Whitcomb
Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill 1888

James Whitcomb Riley (1849-1916) was an Indiana writer, poet, and best-selling author. During his lifetime he was known as the “Hoosier Poet” and “Children’s Poet” for his dialect works and his children’s poetry respectively. Pipes o’Pan at Zekesbury was his fourth novel, released to great critical acclaim.
-Wikipedia entry for Riley. Books set in Indiana.

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