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Mason, Francis Van Wyck, 1901-1978



  • Existence: 1901 - 1978


Francis Van Wyck Mason was born on November 11, 1901 in Boston, Massachusettes. His first eight years he lived in Berlin and then Paris, where his grandfather served as U.S. Consul General. During World War I, her worked as an ambulance driver. He then managed to enlist in the French Army, where he received decorations as an artillery officer, including the Legion of Honor. After the war he went to preparatory school, then attended Harvard University, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree during 1924. After graduation, Mason started an import business before turnin to writing in 1927. He published his first story in 1928 and his first novel "The Seeds of Murder" during the 1930s. By 1931, he had settled into a career as an author of pulp novels as well as short fiction and historical fiction. Mason died on August 28, 1978.

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Francis van Wyck Mason manuscripts

Identifier: MS-321
Date(s): 1942 to 1955

F. van Wyck Mason (1901-1978), author. The collection contains typescript of three of his books, some with handwritten corrections "Rivers of Glory" (1942), "Saigon Singer" (1946), and "Two Tickets for Tangiers" (1955).

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