James Oliver Curwood

Biography

James Oliver Curwood was born in Owosso, Michigan on June 12, 1878.

His first story to be sold was "Across the Range" for $5 to Gray Goose. He was to have may more stories and more than 30 books published during his lifetime. River's End was the first book to sell more than 100,000 copies in its first edition. The critics considered his stories with right and wrong clearly defined to be melodramatic, but they were popular enough to be translated in foreign languages and made into movies.

In 1909, Curwood took his first trip into the Canadian Northwest. For the next 18 years he would spend up to six months of each year in the wilderness, exploring, writing, and building log cabins.

Curwood was an avid hunter until about ten years before his death. While on a hunting trip in the Rockies, he saw a large bear he called Thor. He tried to shoot him three times in three weeks. One day as Thor approached him, he slipped and fell, breaking his gun. The bear reared up before walking away. Curwood turned from hunting for trophies to championing the cause of wild things.
Curwood had planned to live to be 100 by eating little meat, drinking no coffee, tea, or liquor, and exercising regularly. Instead, he died at the age of 49 on August 13, 1927 at his home. He is buried in Oak Hill Cemetery in Owosso.

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Books

Three Great Classics from James Oliver Curwood: (Annotated with Forewords, Biographies, and Study Guides) (The O'Ronin Rye Whiskey Collection Book 4)
Series: O'Ronin Rye Collection. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 247,260. Language: English. Published: August 9, 2015 by Ronin Robot Press. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier, Fiction » Romance » Western
These three classic novels of the Far North are enchanting adventure COMPLETELY ANNOTATED FOR TODAY'S READERS James Oliver Curwood delivers Isobel: A Romance of the Northern Trail, The Courage of Marge O'Doone, and The Hunted Woman.
The Hunted Woman
Series: O'Ronin Rye Collection. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 90,710. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2015 by Ronin Robot Press. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
A ripping, wild-west melodrama of lust, greed, gold, railroads, madmen, dynamite, prostitution-and the love of a good woman with a complicated past for a man convinced that all women are bad. Joanne is a beautiful woman who travels alone by rail on a mysterious, desperate mission. Together they risk their own lives to find true love, gold, and the truth about her past.
Isobel: A Romance of the Northern Trail
Series: O'Ronin Rye Collection. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 62,760. Language: English. Published: August 4, 2015 by Ronin Robot Press. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier, Fiction » Historical » Canada
O'Ronin Rye always brings you the very latest in yesterday’s Westerns. William MacVeigh, a jilted Mountie, nurses a broken heart while maintaining law and order in the frozen north. While his Mountie cabin-mate is pining for his woman and quite literally dying of loneliness. For many long, dark months, they have had only each other for company, and one of them may not make it until the thaw.
The Courage of Marge O'Doone
Series: O'Ronin Rye Collection. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 94,560. Language: English. Published: August 2, 2015 by Ronin Robot Press. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier, Fiction » Romance » Western
O'Ronin Rye always brings you the very latest in yesterday’s Westerns. A jilted husband with nothing left to lose; a wandering priest with a secret; a missing wife searching for her child; a beautiful young girl fighting for her virtue; two brutal mountain men determined to destroy everything good and pure to satisfy their greed; fur traders just trying to make a living.

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