Walter Dumaux Edmonds
|Died||January 24, 1998 (aged 94)|
Walter "Wat" Dumaux Edmonds (July 15, 1903 – January 24, 1998) was an American writer best known for historical novels. One of them, Drums Along the Mohawk (1936), was adapted as a Technicolor feature film in 1939, directed by John Ford and starring Henry Fonda and Claudette Colbert.
Edmonds was born in Boonville, New York. In 1919 he entered The Choate School (now Choate Rosemary Hall) in Wallingford, Connecticut. Originally intending to study chemical engineering, he became more interested in writing and worked as managing editor of the Choate Literary Magazine. He graduated in 1926 from Harvard, where he edited The Harvard Advocate, and where he studied with Charles Townsend Copeland. He married Eleanor Stetson in 1930.
Edmonds eventually published 34 books, many for children, as well as a number of magazine stories. He won the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award in 1960 and the Newbery Medal in 1942, for The Matchlock Gun, and the National Book Award for Young People's Literature in 1976, for Bert Breen's Barn.
- Rome Haul (1929) *
- The Big Barn (1930)
- Erie Water (1933)
- Drums Along the Mohawk (1936) *
- Chad Hanna (1940) *
- Young Ames (1942) *
- Two Logs Crossing: John Haskell's Story (1943)
- The Wedding Journey (1947)
- The Boyds of Black River (1953)
- Wolf Hunt (1970)
- The Matchlock Gun (1941)
- Tom Whipple (1942)
- Cadmus Henry (1949)
- Time to Go House (1969)
- Bert Breen's Barn (1975)
- The South African Quirt (1985)
Short Story Collections
- In the Hands of the Senecas (1947)
- Seven American Stories (1970)
- The Night Raider and Other Stories (1980)
- Mostly Canallers (1987) *
- They Fought with What They Had: The Story of the Army Air Forces in the Southwest Pacific, 1941-1942 (1951)
- The Musket and the Cross: The Struggle of France and England for North America (1968)
- Tales My Father Never Told (1995)
- Newbery Medal Books: 1922–1955, eds. Bertha Mahony Miller, Elinor Whitney Field, Horn Book, 1955, LOC 55-13968, p. 210.
- Award List. "Lewis Carroll Shelf Award Winners", Lewis Carroll Shelf Award Collection, Living Arts Corporation, Loveland, Colorado.
Carlson, Laura, and Sean Creighton and Sheila Cunningham, eds. (1996). Literary laurels: a reader's guide to award-winning children's books. Hillyard. ISBN 978-0-9647361-1-5. pp. 25–34.
- "Newbery Medal Winners, 1922–Present". Association for Library Service to Children. Retrieved 2021-02-09. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "National Book Awards – 1976". National Book Foundation. Retrieved 2021-02-09. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- Boxer, Sarah (January 28, 1998). "W. D. Edmonds Dies at 94 – Author of Historical Novels – Obituary; Biography". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-07-26. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "Walter D. Edmonds". Nndb.com. Retrieved 2010-07-26. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- Oliver, Myrna (January 28, 1998). "Walter D. Edmonds; Author of 'Drums Along the Mohawk'". The Los Angeles Times.