Roberts's historical fiction often focused on rehabilitating unpopular persons and causes in American history.
A key character in Arundel and Rabble in Arms is the American officer and eventual traitor Benedict Arnold , with Roberts focusing on Arnold's expedition to Quebec and the Battle of Quebec in the first novel and the Battle of Valcour Island , the Saratoga campaign and the Battles of Saratoga in the second. Oliver Wiswell focuses on a Loyalist officer during the American Revolution and covers the entire war, from famous events such as the Siege of Boston , the Battle of Bunker Hill , the New York and New Jersey campaign through the Battle of Fort Washington , and the Franco-American alliance , to less-remembered events such as the Convention Army , the exodus to Kentucky County , the Siege of Ninety-Six , and the resettlement of the United Empire Loyalists , as well as providing a later look at both a dissolute Rogers and a frustrated Arnold among the British.
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As a result of his research into the Arnold expedition, Roberts published a work of nonfiction, March to Quebec: Journals of the Members of Arnold's Expedition , a compilation of journals and letters written by participants in the march. During Roberts's research into Major Rogers, his researcher uncovered transcripts of both of Rogers's courts-martial once as the accuser and once as the accused , which had been thought lost for over a century, and these were published in the second volume of a special two-volume edition of Northwest Passage.
His last published work was The Battle of Cowpens , a brief history of that battle, issued after his death, in One of Lorimer's last acts as editor of the Saturday Evening Post was to serialize Northwest Passage in and As a result of the success of the serialization, the book, when published, became the second-best-selling novel in and fifth best for the year Oliver Wiswell also spent two years in the top ten and , and Lydia Bailey reached the top ten in One of Roberts's closest friends and neighbors, the novelist A.
Hamilton Gibbs , later stated that he believed that Roberts probably "wrote himself out" after Oliver Wiswell and certainly had done so after Lydia Bailey. In , two months before his death, Roberts received a Pulitzer Prize Special Citation "for his historical novels which have long contributed to the creation of greater interest in our early American history.
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While a reporter for the Saturday Evening Post in the early s, Roberts wrote many magazine articles and a book during the period immediately following World War I that urged strong legal restrictions on immigration from eastern and southern Europe and from Mexico, warning of the dangers of immigration from places other than northwestern Europe. He became a leading voice for stricter immigration laws and testified before a congressional committee on the subject.
Three of Roberts's first books were written at least in part to promote the Florida land boom of the s. Many people lost a lot of money in the bust that followed. In the s, Roberts became acquainted with Henry Gross , a retired Maine game warden and amateur water dowser. He and Gross began a long association to use Gross's claimed dowsing abilities to find deposits of water, petroleum , uranium , and diamonds , through a corporation named Water Unlimited, Inc.
Roberts documented his experiences in three nonfiction books that were popular successes but received much criticism from the scientific community.
When Roberts was working on Trending Into Maine , he published a chapter in the Saturday Evening Post which was dedicated to dishes he remembered having as a boy growing up in Maine. Several months after the chapter was published he began to receive mail from residents and ex-residents who were troubled that he neglected to mention many of the dishes they knew and loved from the Pine Tree State.
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Roberts was distressed by the letters but decided to keep them, and they were eventually compiled by his secretary, Marjorie Mosser, and eventually included in the cookbook Good Maine Eats , which was first published in Roberts wrote the introduction to the book and a chapter on diet. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
This article is about the American writer. For the Canadian author of children's novels, see Ken Roberts author. For other people, see Kenneth Roberts.
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