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of John's 21 books have been repeatedly published in
various editions by a number of the world's top
publishers, which is why you'll see several
different covers for many of the books listed below.
His books include Commanding the Storm, Weird
History 101, Wyatt Earp Speaks, Voodoo,
Adventure!, and The King of the Cats.
Before becoming a writer, John gained experience in a wide variety of occupations ranging from work as a psychiatric counselor in two hospitals and three mental health facilities to being an intelligence officer and squadron commander in the U.S. Air Force.
His books have been selections of the Preferred Choice Book Club, the Quality Paperback Book Club and the Book of the Month Club. His work has been published as far away as India and Singapore and has been translated into Japanese and Finnish.
John also has the distinguished honor of being quoted around the world next to such luminaries as Abraham Lincoln, Mark Twain, Lord Byron and Franz Kafka.
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Civil War Battles in the Words of the Generals Who Fought Them
Lyons Press (Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group), Lanham, MD, 2014, softcover.
Twenty-four of the Civil War's best-known commanders describe in their own words the twelve most famous battles of the war.
From Beauregard and Custer to Lee and Sherman, twelve commanders from each side vividly describe what they and their men experienced at twelve of the war's most legendary battles from Fort Sumter to Appomattox Court House in accounts gathered from letters, memoirs, reports, and testimonies. They relate noted incidents and personal triumphs and tragedies while covering strategies and explaining battlefield decisions.
Trench warfare at Petersburg and Sherman's scorched earth policy in Georgia foreshadowed the world wars to come, and technological advancements--such as armored steamships, landmines, and machine guns--literally changed the landscape of war. Submarines and a time bomb even came into play. Also discussed are notable tactics and technologies, including espionage, aerial reconnaissance, and guerrilla warfare.
Here, from the
men who conducted and controlled it, is an
invaluable sourcebook of what happened in the War
Between the States and why. Relive the most
important Civil War battles through the personal
experiences of their most famous commanders.
The Civil War Trust cover.
Humor and the Civil War
Fern Canyon Press, Maui, HI, 2013, ebook.
Abraham Lincoln said he wouldn't have been able
to survive the Civil War without his jokes and
amusing stories. That war was by far the
greatest struggle the United States has ever
faced. More Americans died in the Civil War than
in all of the other wars combined.
Americans--both North and South--endured very
difficult times and suffered terrible tragedies,
and yet they maintained their sense of humor.
They even printed jokes on the front page of
newspapers, mixed in with the top news stories.
Mark Twain is, of
course, the most famous humorist of the
nineteenth century, but there were others who
were famous then that aren't
quite as well known now. What they wrote still
holds up well today and deserves to be revived.
These humorists include Lincoln’s favorites:
Artemus Ward, Orpheus C. Kerr, and Petroleum V.
Nasby. There's also Josh Billings, Alf Burnett,
Bret Harte, and Ambrose Bierce. Even Abraham
Lincoln himself was noted for his many funny
stories and jokes. And people were still writing
humorous stories involving the war at the end of
the century, when O. Henry came along. This book
includes all of them, along with some rare
pieces by Mark Twain.
Here's just one example:
"During the war a Southern editor, wishing to
compliment Confederate General Pillow, wrote a
notice of him, in which the General was called
the 'battle-scarred hero,' but the typesetter
made the phrase read, the 'battle-scared
reading the notice, the irate soldier hied
himself to the newspaper office, and demanded a
correction. This was promised, and the next day's
paper spoke of General Pillow as a 'bottle-scarred
This book draws together the very best of the Civil War's humor, parodies, burlesques, funny anecdotes, jokes, satire, personal experiences, tall tales, and wit. Retrieved through extensive research from books, newspapers, speeches, letters, and personal diaries, some of this material hasn't been published since the war.
My Dinner with Attila the Hun, I Started World War I,
Watching Custer's Last Stand and Other Tales
of Intrigue, Mayhem and Outrageous Behavior
Adams Media, Holbrook, MA (now Simon & Schuster),
Barnes & Noble
Publishing, New York City, 2006, hardcover.
Adams Media (F+W Publications, now Simon & Schuster), New York City, 2009, softcover.
American woman who wrote this was experiencing the
beginning of an event that would become legendary
in American history. She was about to be one of
the few eyewitnesses to Custer's Last Stand.
Thought history was dull and boring? That's because you were never taught any of the really interesting stuff. In this book, John Richard Stephens brings together striking firsthand accounts, rare documents, and weird and unusual information to reveal the flip side of "official"¯ history. This is the sort of stuff they wouldn't dare teach you in school.
Can you guess which
American presidents said:
Find the answers in Weird History 101. You'll wish this book had been your history class textbook!
This is a collection of unusual odds and ends of the past, with selections like "Eyewitness to Custer's Last Stand," "Dinner with Attila the Hun," "Wyatt Earp Tells of the Shootout at O.K. Corral," "Unintelligible Quotations of U.S. Presidents," "The Sacking of the White House," "Take Some Lice and Call Me in the Morning," and "Unusual Uses for Mummies."
history as entertainment. You may be
surprised, amused, infuriated, and perhaps even
offended, but you won't be bored! You're not used
to seeing history like this. The kind that is
often censored, covered up, ignored or white
washed. They don't teach you this stuff in
Wildest Lives of the Frontier
Jesse James, George Armstrong Custer,
and Other Famous Westerners
TwoDot Books (Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group), Lanham, MD, 2016, softcover and ebook.
about the greatest celebrities of frontier
America, these are the stories of their
adventures told in their own words through
excerpts from autobiographies, articles they
wrote, newspaper interviews, private journals,
intimate letters, and court testimony.
their own personal accounts as told by:
This book offers a
rare glimpse into the world of these
legendary figures as they describe
their own heroic exploits, fierce
battles, deadly gunfights, horrible
crimes, thrilling discoveries, and
harsh dangers of life on the
frontier of the American West, while
revealing the roles they played in
the notable events that made them
This book offers a rare glimpse into the world of these legendary figures as they describe their own heroic exploits, fierce battles, deadly gunfights, horrible crimes, thrilling discoveries, and harsh dangers of life on the frontier of the American West, while revealing the roles they played in the notable events that made them famous.
Wildest Lives of the Wild West
Wild Bill Hickok, Billy the Kid
and Other Famous Westerners
TwoDot Books (Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group), Lanham, MD, 2016, softcover and ebook.
By and about
the greatest celebrities of the Wild West,
these are the stories of their adventures told
in their own words through excerpts from
autobiographies, articles they wrote, newspaper
interviews, private journals, personal letters,
and court testimony. These glimpses into the
worlds of these legendary figures as they
describe their own personal experiences,
impressions, what life in the Wild West was
like, and reveal the roles they played in
notable events in American history.
own personal accounts as told by:
Wyatt Earp Speaks
My Side of the O.K. Corral Shootout,
Interviews with Doc Holliday
Written by Wyatt Earp
footnotes written by John Richard Stephens.
Fern Canyon Press, Cambria
Pines by the Sea, CA, 1998, hardcover
Fall River Press (Barnes
& Noble Publishing), New York City, 2009
first version and 2015 second version,
lawman Wyatt Earp entered Wild West history with
his guns blazing and people have been fighting
about him ever since. His exploits have become so
distorted by many books and movies that, chances
are, almost everything you know about Wyatt Earp
and the O.K. Corral Gunfight is wrong. Over the
years so much has been made up about what happened
that the truth is now deeply buried under a pile
of distortions, faulty inferences, embellishments,
and outright lies.
first time ever, Wyatt Earp's writings,
court testimony, newspaper interviews and other
hard-to-find items from contemporary sources are
brought together in this collection. Wyatt Earp
himself explains his side of the gunfight near the
O.K. Corral and his experiences as a frontier
lawman in Tombstone and Dodge City.
book also includes several interviews with Doc
Holliday, Bat Masterson's tributes to Wyatt
and Doc, a shot-by-shot reconstruction of the
famous gunfight with diagrams, and is lavishly
illustrated with maps, drawings and photographs.
Now find out
what really happened at the infamous
gunfight near the O.K. Corral--which was one of
the largest shootouts in Wild West history--and
what life was like in the lawless wilds in and
around Tombstone, Arizona. In this wonderful
sourcebook, discover what Wyatt and Doc had to say
about the events that made them famous.
Tells of the
Gunfight Near the O.K. Corral
Fern Canyon Press, Cambria Pines by the Sea, CA, 2000, booklet.
First edition has perfect binding. The second edition is stapled.
explains the causes of the shootout and what
happened during the fight and the bloody vendetta
that followed. Much of this story is in Wyatt's
own historic words. It also includes a detailed
analysis of the gunfight with shot-by-shot
diagrams and maps.
of this material is scattered throughout Wyatt
Earp Speaks, this booklet pulls together the
most important information and puts it in
chronological order to provide a better
understanding of what the most famous gunfight
in Western history was all about.
This is an
easy-to-understand explanation of what really led
to the shootout, what happened during the fight,
the aftermath of the fight--including the bloody
vendetta--and how circumstances were distorted to
make the Earps and Doc Holliday look like they
were the criminals. There is also an analysis of
the gunfight with shot-by-shot diagrams.
the gunfight actually began in Harwood's
lumberyard and why it couldn't have taken place in
the O.K. Corral, as some still claim today. Also
find out why it's important that the fight didn't
take place in the corral and how it was a
stagecoach robbery, murder, and treachery that put
the two groups on the collision course that ended
in the deaths of eight men.
informative and enlightening examination of a
significant event in a fascinating period of
The Wild, Wild
Sterling Publishing (Barnes
& Noble Publishing), New York City, 2010,
Fern Canyon Press, Maui,
HI, 2013, ebook.
Fern Canyon Press, Maui,
HI, 2015, ebook.
"A town that had a man for
breakfast every morning."¯ That's how Tombstone,
Arizona was described in the late-1800s,
bolstering the myth that a corpse would be found
cooling in the town's dusty streets each
sunrise. The reality was quite different and
much less violent, of course, but that hasn't
kept the fanciful folklore of the Wild West from
being retold in the years since, across America
and around the world.
This book captures the
quick-trigger temper and savage spirit of
America's frontier days in The Wild,
Wild West, an exciting compilation of
factual and fictional stories about the Wild
West by famous authors.
This is a collection of
works on the Wild West by many of the world's
most famous authors from the 1800s, including
Dickens, Wilde, Emerson, Whitman, Longfellow,
Muir, Irving, Thoreau, Twain, Kipling, Bierce,
London, James Fenimore Cooper, O. Henry, Bret
Harte, Zane Grey, Max Brand, Stephen Crane, Sir
Arthur Conan Doyle and Robert Louis Stevenson.
The selections involve gunfights, outlaws, gold
mining, the Pony Express, stagecoach robberies,
cowboys, card sharks, vigilantes, lynchings,
ghost towns, and sheep, along with tributes to
Custer and to the Native Americans who did him
In a Max Brand tale, a
town offers to reward a gunslinger for bringing
in a stage robber dead or alive, leading to a
battle of wits in the outlaw's canyon hideout. A
story by Stephen Crane involves four men who
play a card game for fun which ends in death,
while Jack London tells of a deadly struggle
between a hard-working prospector and an
opportunistic murderer over a load of gold. Then
there's the very first story that introduced the
Cisco Kid to the world, along with the jumping
frog story that made Mark Twain famous.
The vivid personalities and the stories they give rise to in The Wild, Wild West reveal the truth behind the embroidered legends of the Old West, even as they add to them.
TwoDot Books (Morris Book
Publishing, now Rowman & Littlefield
Publishing Group), Guilford, CT, 2014, softcover and
The Gold Rush era was an
amazing time in our country's history.
California had just been occupied during the
Mexican-American War and wasn't officially a
U.S. territory yet when gold was discovered in
1848. Suddenly the whole world was electrified
by the news and tales of men digging vast
amounts of wealth out of the ground, even
finding gold nuggets just lying around. Within
five years, 250,000 miners dug up more than $200
million in gold--about $600 billion in today's
Gold offers a feel
for what it was like to live through the heady
days of the discovery and exploitation of gold
in California in the mid-1800s through firsthand
accounts, short stories, and tall tales written
by the people who were there. These eyewitness
accounts offer an immediacy that brings the
events to life.
Captured by Pirates
22 Firsthand Accounts of Murder and Mayhem
on the High Seas
Fern Canyon Press,
Cambria Pines by the Sea, CA, 1996, softcover.
Barnes & Noble Publishing, New
York City, 2006, hardcover.
Fern Canyon Press,
Maui, HI, 2013, ebook.
Pirates are primarily
known for their swashbuckling attitudes, their
freebooting lifestyle, their high-seas
adventures and their stolen treasure, but their
victims tend to be forgotten. These are the
innocent and not-so-innocent voyagers who find
themselves suddenly snatched up, brutalized, and
franticly struggling to save their own lives.
Many were viciously murdered, but a few
survived. In this revised edition of Captured
by Pirates, which features additional
material not found in earlier editions, author
and researcher John Richard Stephens has
collected twenty-two astounding firsthand
accounts from people who found themselves
helpless prisoners on the open ocean and somehow
made it through, usually badly scathed.
Dead men tell no tales,
but the survivors do. These true crime tales
of terror are collected from personal
accounts, private letters, official reports,
ships' logs and pirate trial transcripts. The
long-forgotten narratives from 1500 to 1850 are
among the rarest of buried treasures, with some
not having been in print for almost two
centuries. These men and women offer a look at
pirates from a unique perspective, providing
rare insight into the everyday lives of pirate
captains Henry Morgan, Howell Davis, Edward Low,
John Phillips, and their blood-thirsty crews.
Some of the captives were even forced to become
pirates themselves in order to survive, while in
one account, a pirate vividly describes his
capture by other pirates and how he exacted his
participants describe thrilling sea chases,
raging battles, desperate knife fights,
treachery, double dealings, betrayals,
maroonings, murders, tortures, skeletons,
treasure and even a little romance. Their very
personal eyewitness accounts provide an intimacy
and intensity that will almost make you feel as
if you're standing there alongside them looking
straight into the faces of these ferocious
The Pirate Trial of Anne Bonny and Mary Read
Constance Bond and Tamara J. Eastman
(Footnotes, editing and design by John Richard Stephens.)
Canyon Press, Cambria
Pines by the Sea, CA,
Anne Bonny and Mary Read were two of the most notorious female pirates to ever wreak havoc on the high seas. Tough and courageous, they became legends during their own lifetimes. The myths surrounding Anne and Mary have become wilder in the nearly 300 years since they were captured, put on trial in Jamaica, and condemned to hang on the gallows.
This booklet explores the actual events that lead up to the capture of John "Calico Jack" Rackham and his crew, including his “brace of hellcats.” It also includes the complete, unabridged transcript of their trial. Read the eyewitness accounts of captives who provided detailed information on these women pirates, including one victim who testified that she nearly lost her life at the hands of Anne Bonny! Going beyond the myths surrounding the women and placing them in a true historical context, find out how various primary source documents--such as the court transcript and personal correspondence from the governors of the Bahamas and Jamaica--have helped lay to rest many of the myths that have followed these women through the centuries. Read what may have actually transpired inside the Jamaican jail--including new information regarding Mary's death--and how ongoing research has already uncovered some fascinating new facts regarding Anne Bonny's mysterious disappearance from her jail cell, and what transpired once she found her way back to the Colonies.
The Pirate Trial of Anne Bonny and Mary Read captures the true spirit of these courageous and remarkable hellions, bringing back to life these legendary figures from the Golden Age of Piracy.
The Hawai'i Bathroom Book
Light Reading for the Lua, Airport, Bus, Waiting Room
Publishing, Honolulu, Oahu, HI, 2012,
Mutual Publishing, Honolulu,
Oahu, HI, 2014, softcover.
We all enjoy light
reading to pass the time in waiting rooms, to
relax, or to help us fall asleep. There are no
bathrooms in the book, but that's a great place
to read it. Open this book to any page and start
perusing. Each selection is quick and easy to
read, but more importantly they are very
Here is Hawai'i's
first-ever collection of over 200 flash pieces
served in consumable bites. They will amuse,
educate, and entertain and they don't require
deep thinking. There is something for all tastes
with a vast array of subjects, compiled from
This book is packed full of short sayings, anecdotes, little-known facts and historical stories that will broaden your understanding and knowledge of Hawai'i. There are firsthand accounts of Agatha Christie's experiences surfing and three geologists who accidentally slipped into molten lava. From Frank Sinatra to Sammy Hagar, from the Big Island to the Forbidden Island, learn amazing details about this paradise of the Pacific.
Sit back and enjoy your wait reading about tikis, ghosts, Pele, shave ice, volcanos, paniolos (Hawai'i's cowboys), Kona nightingales, Mark Twain, From Here to Eternity, baseball, Father Damien, hula, parrotfish, island scenery, James Michener, humpback whales, World War II, Big Foot, Adam Sandler, spinner dolphins, night marchers, Barking Sands, early Honolulu luau, sugar cane, Lucky Cats, humuhumunukunukuapua'a, and much, much more. Feel the aloha!
A Skeleton at
Metro Books (Barnes & Noble Publishing), New York City, 2007, hardcover.
The book's interior.
It's very nicely designed.
With tales of strange
shipwrecks on dark, stormy nights, ships that
are haunted by terrible ghosts and bloody
misdeeds from the past, and, of course, the
doomed ship, the Flying Dutchman, which,
with its ghostly crew, is cursed to sail the
seas forever, this collection of nautical
nightmares is the perfect book for late
Editor John Richard Stephens has carefully selected over thirty chilling tales written by a wide range of legendary writers, from fathers of horror like Edgar Allan Poe and Bram Stoker, to masters of adventure like Jack London and Rudyard Kipling, and even to canonical poets such as Tennyson and Yeats. There is even the unexpected, such as the story by Winston Churchill (the prime minister, not the author with the same name).
But frights on the high seas like sightings of the Flying Dutchman--which makes more than one appearance in this volume--are hardly a thing of the past, as Stephens ably illustrates in his introduction, where he catalogues the many dangers, real and imagined, that await nautical voyagers today.
A Skeleton at the Helm is a frightening anthology of classic tales about the supernatural and hauntings on the high seas.
Metro Books (Barnes
& Noble Publishing), New York City, 2007,
The book's interior.
Looks sharp, doesn't it?
The Indiana Jones films
are among the popular of all time. Adventure!
collects a wide variety of adventurous
tales--many of them true--which are
reminiscent of, and often even directly
inspired, many of the films' thrilling scenes.
Mysterious Tales of Mummies and Ancient Egypt
Barnes & Noble Publishing, New York City, 2006, hardcover.
The first thing that comes to mind is the
curse...reanimation...and revenge. But what
further mysteries are there to be unwrapped in the
tombs of the Ancient Egyptians? And what horrors
still lie buried in the imaginations of the
immortal talents who have explored this realm of
This thrilling anthology of tales on Ancient Egypt and its mummies features a diverse selection of remarkable talents, from major bestselling authors like Anne Rice (famous for her vampire and mummy novels) and Elizabeth Peters (mystery's master of Egyptology), to all-time favorites such as Bram Stoker (who wrote one of the first mummy novels) and Agatha Christie (queen of the sealed "tomb" mystery). Into the Mummy's Tomb even includes a few surprises--a short story by Tennessee Williams (his first professional sale), a translation of a tale written in 300 b.c. by an Egyptian priest, and nonfiction pieces by famous Egyptologist Arthur Weigall and the discoverer of King Tut's tomb, Howard Carter. It also includes contributions from Edgar Allan Poe, Rudyard Kipling, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sir H. Rider Haggard, Sax Rohmer, Louisa May Alcott, Mark Twain, H. P. Lovecraft, Ray Bradbury, and more.
You never know what you might find when you venture into the mummy's tomb for century-spanning tales of the undead that have survive in the nightmares of the living.
Vampires, Wine and Roses
Berkley Books (Penguin
Group, now Penguin Random House), New York City, 1997, softcover.
Metro Books (Barnes &
Noble Publishing), New York City, 2008,
This is a
collection of vampire stories entirely written
by famous authors--from Sir Walter Scott to
Woody Allen--most of whom are not usually
associated with supernatural literature.
Thirty-one famous authors to be exact. Through
extensive research, John Richard Stephens has
unearthed many of these misplaced classics and
gathered them together into a single book. The
result is Vampires, Wine & Roses.
It includes works by Anne Rice (a short story and a rare vampire poem), Lenny Bruce, Sting, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Robert Southey, Edgar Allan Poe, Rudyard Kipling, Lord Byron, H. G. Wells, Ray Bradbury, Ivan Turgenev, Robert Louis Stevenson, Baudelaire, Jules Verne, Voltaire, John Keats, Guy de Maupassant, Alexandre Dumas, Conrad Aiken, Sir Thomas Malory, Thomas Hardy, Rod Serling, Goethe, T. S. Eliot, Edith Wharton, H. P. Lovecraft, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and, of course, Bram Stoker (a chapter that was cut from the vampire classic, Dracula).
most ardent vampire fan will be surprised to
discover that many of these classic authors
actually wrote about vampires.
The Book of the Living Dead
Berkley Books (Penguin
Group, now Penguin Random House), New York City, 2010, softcover and
Explore the other side of
mortality with the world's greatest writers.
From Mark Twain to Jack London, this is a
unique literary vault of the living dead.
Zombies, vampires, mummies, Frankenstein's monster and other reanimated corpses--the undead rise in a variety of frightening ways. And all are featured in this collection of classic stories by an impressive lineup of authors including: Mary Shelley, Lafcadio Hearn, Sir Walter Scott, Washington Irving, Guy De Maupassant, Amy Lowell, Edgar Allan Poe, H. P. Lovecraft, along with a few lesser-known authors with comparable creepy talents for the grim and gruesome.
If the dead cannot rest in peace, neither will the living.
Publishing (Barnes Noble Publishing), 2010,
hardcover and ebook.
Voodoo.... The very word
conjures shadowy and sinister images of black
magic and primitive rites and rituals: crudely
fashioned dolls stuck with pins, mojos, animal
sacrifices, wild dancing to savage drumbeats,
venomous snakes, and bones charged with lethal
supernatural powers that can make a person drop
dead for no apparent reason. Then there are
zombies--the soulless living dead, whose
reanimated corpses are sprung from graves at
midnight to mindlessly serve the summoning
Some of this is fact, some
is fiction, and most is exaggeration. In the
extended introduction John Richard Stephens
delves into the real world of authentic voodoo,
exposing the myths and exploring its mysteries,
from its birthplace in the jungles of Africa to
its practice in the islands of the Caribbean and
the dark swamps of Louisiana.
The book then enters the entertaining realm of fiction, presenting harrowing horror classics by H. G. Wells, H. Rider Haggard, and Robert Louis Stevenson, as well as little-known tales of voodoo by forgotten fantasy masters. Here you find curses, bewitchings, wild festivals in Louisiana bayou, a series of axe murders, and zombies.
Voodoo will entertain you with its authentic accounts of voodoo ceremonies and beliefs, as well as its chilling tales of terror that just might make you look warily over your shoulder and wonder, what if?
Mysterious Cat Stories
(co-edited with Kim
Galahad Books (Barnes &
Noble Publishing), New York City, 1994,
anthology, featuring stories spanning from the
13th century to the present day, brings together
twenty-six dazzling and diabolical portraits of
cats and their many lives. Here are cats who can
transform themselves into human beings (and visa
versa) and into deadly demons. Here are wise
cats, wily cats, and cats so cunningly wicked
they'll send chills down your spine.
The adventures here are not limited to the world as we know and perceive it. In fact and fiction, Mysterious Cat Stories offers glimpses into the feline world of the supernatural. The mysterious, haunting, and horror stories in this collection capture this much beloved animal's charming and unpredictable nature, while occasionally emphasizing their dark side. Contributors include Edgar Allan Poe, Cervantes, Bram Stoker, Saki, Robert Block, Algernon Blackwood, August Derleth, Washington Irving, Lilian Jackson Braun, and others.
Wild, wily, and winsome cats--some with secret lives--reveal their cryptic side in these supernatural and dark fantasy tales.
The King of the Cats
and Other Feline Fairy Tales
Faber & Faber, Boston and London, 1993, hardcover and softcover.
Sterling Publishing (Barnes
& Noble Publishing), New York City, 2009,
Soshisha, Tokyo, Japan,
cats, bewitched cats, enterprising cats, lovelorn
cats: The King of the Cats presents thirty-six
cat fairy tales from around the world that
celebrate feline intelligence, intuition, and
Beginning with a thirteenth-century fairy tale, the colorful fiction and fables in The King of the Cats range across six hundred years and fifteen countries. Authors including Charles Perrault, the Brothers Grimm, Washington Irving, and Rudyard Kipling are represented with stories alongside cat tales from the folk traditions of Europe, India, Japan, Persia, North Africa, North America, and Scandinavia.
Here are stories of Puss in Boots, Dick Whittington's cat, and other famous felines, including the King of the Cats himself. With them are tales of cats who live in palaces of their own; cats who outwit ogres, witches, and magicians; cats who are really princesses in disguise; cats who talk themselves out of trouble; and cats who, over and over again, use their wisdom, cunning, guile, and charm to save the day for their human companions.
People have been
fascinated by cats for centuries. From the
ancient Egyptians, all the way down to today's
cat lovers throughout the world, cats have held
a special place in people's lives. Cats are
unique creatures. It shouldn't be surprising
that they have captured the imaginations of many
of the world's greatest authors and artists.
This book contains 242
illustrations selected from the world's best cat
art by 58 great artists, and explores stories,
poetry, essays and quotations on cats by 37 of
the most acclaimed and classic writers.
From Beatrix Potter to
Louisa May Alcott to Teddy Roosevelt, this
eclectic collection features writings about cats
by such great masters as Dickens, Kipling,
Chekhov, Poe, Lovecraft, Keats, Shelley, Yeats,
Whittier, Audubon, Muir, Thoreau, and Mark
Twain, accompanied by fine art museum pieces by
Renoir, da Vinci, van Gogh, Rousseau, Hiroshige,
Goya, Chagall, Gauguin, and Picasso.
Kitty Literature is
perfect for anyone who lives with one or more
cats. It will also make an excellent gift book.
The Enchanted Cat
Prima Publishing, Rocklin,
CA (now Penguin Random House), 1990, softcover.
art, history, literature, and folklore.
Researcher and anthologist John Richard Stephens
gathers artwork, poems, and selections from
fiction and nonfiction about cats and their
characteristics and behavior. Heavily illustrated,
this compendium on cats consists of a plethora of
short selections by such classic authors as Ernest
Hemingway, Lewis Carroll, William Wordsworth,
Edgar Allen Poe, and Mark Twain, illustrated by
artwork by Mark Twain (he's multitalented),
Renoir, Rembrandt, Leonardo da Vinci, and many
This book is a loving tribute to our favorite felines.
The Dog Lover's Literary Companion
Great Writers and Artists Celebrate Man's Best Friend
Prima Publishing, Rocklin,
CA (now Penguin Random House), 1992, softcover.
been praised throughout the ages for their
faithfulness, loyalty, bravery, and warmth. John
Richard Stephens, author/editor of The
Enchanted Cat, has compiled a loving
tribute to man's best friend by collecting
the prose, poetry, artwork, and photographs of great
writers and artists in one outstanding
Sure to warm the hearts of dog lovers everywhere, The Dog Lover's Literary Companion features selections from: Napoleon Bonaparte, who relates a moving tale of a soldier's faithful dog standing guard over his master's dead body as it lay on the battlefield; Sting, whose lyrics present a dog's view of people; Farley Mowat, who recounts the noble characteristics of the wolves he observed; President Lincoln, whose poetry reveals his amazing insight into the nature of dogs and humans.
Also included is praise of dogs from such great literary figures as Shakespeare, Jack London, Rudyard Kipling, Lord Tennyson, D. H. Lawrence, Will Rogers, Edgar Allan Poe, William Wordsworth, O. Henry, Hemingway, Benjamin Franklin, John Muir, Robert Louis Stevenson, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Mark Twain, Marco Polo, James Herriot, and a host of others.
Complementing the written praise of dogs and their qualities are skillful works of art by masters such as Rembrandt, Goya, Picasso, Manet, Monet, Renoir, Gauguin, and da Vinci; contemporary artists such as Donald Roller Wilson and Edward Gorey; and a sketch of two children with their dog, drawn by Queen Victoria.
Two Cover Stories by John Richard Stephens
"Titanic Curse" (Fortean Times magazine, August 2000) exposes facts behind the story of the mummy case that supposedly sank the Titanic, while "Hearst's Revenge" (New Times magazine, San Luis Obispo, CA, 2002) reveals the real reason William Randolph Hearst built his extravagant Hearst's Castle--the world's most expensive mansion.
His photographs have appeared in a number of books.