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Dunn, Robert S., 1877-1955



  • Existence: 1877 - 1955


Robert Steed Dunn was born in 1877, in Newport, Rhode Island. He graduated from Harvard University in 1898. After his graduation he traveled the Yukon Trail to the Klondike and upon his return became a journalist. Dunn was a correspondent for the "Commercial Advertiser" under Lincoln Steffen, and was assigned to accompany Cook in his attempt to climb Mount McKinley, Alaska. On this trip he gathered information for his book "Shameless Diary of an Explorer". Other assignments let him to Martinique and on a world cruise with the U. S. Fleet. As a war correspondent Dunn covered the Russo-Japanese War, the naval cruise to Seize Veracruz, and General Pershing's expedition into Mexico against Pancho Villa. During World War I, he was a correspondent for the "New York Post," and wrote "Five Fronts". In 1918, he was commissioned as an officer in the U. S. Navy, and served as an intelligence officer in London and in Constantinople. During his later years, Dunn concentrated on horticulture and writing. He wrote two published novels "Youngest World" and "Horizon Fever," as well as a book of verse "And Least Love". His autobiography "World Alive" was published after his death in 1956. Dunn died in Katonah, NY in 1955.

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Robert Dunn papers

Identifier: Mss-42
Stefansson Mss-42
Date(s): 1896 to 1955

Robert S. Dunn (1877-1955), journalist and explorer. Consist of manuscripts for "Youngest World," "Horizon Fever," and his autobiography "World Alive" as well as printed copies of shorter works. Correspondence and photographs relating to his career as a journalist, explorer and writer are also included.

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