Adams, Samuel Hopkins 1871-1958 (Warner Fabian)

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ADAMS, Samuel Hopkins 1871-1958 (Warner Fabian)


Born January 26, 1871, in Dunkirk, NY; died November 15, 1958; son of Myron and Hester Rose (Hopkins) Adams; married Elizabeth R. Noyes, 1898 (marriage ended); married Jane Peyton Van Norman, March 11, 1914 (some sources cite 1915); children: (first marriage) two, including Hester Hopkins. Education: Hamilton College, A.B. 1891. Politics: Democrat. Hobbies and other interests: Golf, fishing, collecting prints.


New York Sun, New York, NY, journalist, 1891-1900; McClure's Syndicate, managing editor, 1900-01; McClure, Phillips, and Co. (publisher), New York, NY, advertising manager, 1901-02; McClure's (magazine), staff writer, 1903-05; freelance writer, 1905-58. Also worked as staff writer for the Tribune, New York, NY.


American Medical Association (lay associate member), American Antiquarian Society (fellow), New York State Historical Association (fellow), Century Association, Players Club, Dutch Treat Club, Owasco Country Club.


Honorary L.H.D., Hamilton College, 1926.



(With Stewart Edward White) The Mystery, Doubleday (New York, NY), 1905.

The Flying Death, illustrated by C. R. Macauley, McClure (New York, NY), 1906.

The Secret of Lonesome Cove, Bobbs-Merrill (Indianapolis, IN), 1913.

The Clarion, illustrated by W. D. Stevens, Houghton-Mifflin (Boston, MA), 1914.

Little Miss Grouch: A Narrative Based upon the Private Log of Alexander Forsyth Smith's Maiden Transatlantic Voyage, illustrated by R. M. Crosby, Houghton-Mifflin (Boston, MA), 1915.

The Unspeakable Perk, Houghton-Mifflin (Boston, MA), 1916.

Common Cause: A Novel of the War in America, Houghton-Mifflin (Boston, MA), 1918.

Wanted, a Husband, 1919.

Success, 1921.

Siege, 1924, Brentanos, 1927.

The Piper's Fee, 1925.

Revelry, Brentanos, 1926.

The Flagrant Years: A Novel of the Beauty Market, H. Liveright (New York, NY), 1929.

The Gorgeous Hussy, 1934.

Perfect Specimen, 1936.

Maiden Effort, Liveright Publishing (New York, NY), 1937.

The World Goes Smash, Houghton-Mifflin (Boston, MA), 1938.

Both over Twenty-one, Liveright Publishing (New York, NY), 1939.

Whispers, 1940.

Night Bus, 1941.

The Harvey Girls, 1942.

Tambay Gold, J. Messner (New York, NY), 1942.

Canal Town, Random House (New York, NY), 1944, reprinted with foreword by Frank Bergmann, Syracuse University Press (Syracuse, NY), 1988.

Banner by the Wayside, Random House (New York, NY), 1947.

Plunder, 1948.

Sunrise to Sunset, 1950.

Tenderloin, 1959.


Flaming Youth, Boni & Liveright (New York, NY), 1923.

Sailors' Wives, 1924.

Summer Bachelors, 1926.

Unforbidden Fruit, 1928.

The Men in Her Life, Sears Publishing (New York, NY), 1930.

Week-end Girl, 1932.

Widow's Oats, 1935.


Average Jones (detective stories), illustrated by M. Leone Bracker and P. Ford Harper, Bobbs-Merrill (Indianapolis, IN), 1911, reprinted, Arno Press (New York, NY), 1976.

Our Square, and the People in It, illustrated by J. Scott Williams, Houghton-Mifflin (Boston, MA), 1917, reprinted with illustrations by F. Scott Williams, Books for Libraries Press (Freeport, NY), 1970.

From a Bench in Our Square, 1922, reprinted, Books for Libraries Press (Freeport, NY), 1969.

(With Fulton Oursler, Rita Weiman, Willard Huntington Wright, and others) The President's Mystery Story, Propounded by Franklin D. Roosevelt, Farrar & Rinehart (New York, NY), 1935.

Grandfather Stories (reminiscences), Random House (New York, NY), 1955.


The Pony Express, Random House (New York, NY), 1950.

The Santa Fé Trail, Random House (New York, NY), 1952.

The Erie Canal, illustrated by Leonard Vosburgh, Random House (New York, NY), 1953.

Wagons to the Wilderness: A Story of Westward Expansion, illustrated by Norman Guthrie Rudolph, Winston (Philadelphia, PA), 1954.

General Brock and Niagara Falls, 1957.

Chingo Smith of the Erie Canal, illustrated by Leonard Vosburgh, Random House (New York, NY), 1958.


The Great American Fraud: Collier's Exposé of the Patent Medicine Fraud, 1905-1906, P. F. Collier (New York, NY), 1906, reprinted with new preface and introduction, Nostalgic American Research Foundation (Denver, CO), 1978.

The Health Master (collected articles), Houghton-Mifflin (Boston, MA), 1914.

(Editor) Who and What: A Book of Clues for the Clever, 1927.

The Godlike Daniel (biography of Daniel Webster), Sears Publishing (New York, NY), 1930.

It Happened One Night (screenplay; based on his novel Night Bus), 1934.

The Incredible Era: The Life and Times of Warren Gamaliel Harding, Houghton-Mifflin (Boston, MA), 1939.

A. Woollcott: His Life and His World, Reynal & Hitchcock (New York, NY), 1945, reprinted as Alexander Woollcott: His Life and World, Books for Libraries Press (Freeport, NY), 1970.

Work represented in anthologies, including The Insoluble Bond, Marriage: Short Stories of Married Life by American Writers, 1923. Contributor of short stories and articles to magazines, including Harper's, Saturday Evening Post, New Yorker, Cosmopolitan, Folk Lore, Life, World's Work, Woman's Home Companion, Collier's Pictorial Review, Country Gentleman, and Reader's Digest. Editor, Redways Weekly.

Adams's papers are stored at Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, and Hamilton College, Clinton, NY.


More than a dozen of Adams's novels have been adapted as screenplays, including Flaming Youth. In Person, adapted by Allan Scott and released by RKO Radio Pictures in 1935, was based on Adams's original story. The Gorgeous Hussy was adapted by Stephen Morehouse Avery and Ainsworth Morgan and released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1936. The novel Perfect Specimen was adapted as a screenplay by Fritz Falkenstein and others, released by Warner Bros. in 1937. The novel Night Bus was dramatized by Frank Vreeland as Night Bus: A Comedy in Three Acts and an Epilogue Based on the Picturized Novel, published by Longmans, Green and Co. (New York, NY), 1941; The screenplay You Can't Run Away from It was adapted by Claude Binyon and Robert Riskin from Adams's novel Night Bus and Adams's own screenplay version, It Happened One Night, was released by Columbia Pictures in 1956. The Harvey Girls was adapted as a motion picture musical. Tenderloin was adapted by George Abbott and Jerome Weidman as a Broadway musical, with music by Jerry Bock and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, first produced in 1960 and revived in New York, NY, at City Center Theater, 2000. The book The Santa Fé Trail was dramatized by Elise Bell and recorded with music and sound effects, released by Enrichment Records, 1958; The Erie Canal was recorded as a dramatization with music and sound effects, released by Enrichment Records, 1964; The Pony Express was dramatized by Howard Tooley and recorded with music and sound effects as Riding the Pony Express, released by Enrichment Records, 1964.*

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