Fox, John Jr.
|born on||16 December 1862 at 21:30 (= 9:30 PM )|
|Place||Paris, Kentucky, 38n13, 84w15|
|Timezone||LMT m84w15 (is local mean time)|
|Astrology data||24°59' 28°36 Asc. 26°05'|
American journalist, novelist, and short story writer.
Fox studied English at Harvard University. He graduated in 1883 before becoming a reporter in New York City. After working for both New York Times and the New York Sun, he published a successful serialization of his first novel, A Mountain Europa, in Century magazine in 1892. Two moderately successful short story collections followed, as well as his first conventional novel, The Kentuckians, in 1898. Fox gained a following as a war correspondent, working for Harper's Weekly in Cuba during the Spanish-American War of 1898, where he served with the "Rough Riders." Six years later he traveled to Asia to report on the Russo-Japanese War for Scribner's magazine.
Though he occasionally wrote for periodicals, after 1904, Fox dedicated much of his attention to fiction. The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come (published in 1903) and The Trail of the Lonesome Pine (published in 1908) are arguably his most well known and successful works, entering the New York Times top ten list of bestselling novels for 1903, 1904, 1908, and 1909 respectively. Many of his novels were historical romances or period dramas set in that region.
John Fox, Jr. died on July 7, 1919 of pneumonia in Big Stone Gap, Virginia. His marriage to Austrian opera singer Fritzi Scheff in 1908 lasted just over four years. He had no children.
Sy Scholfield quotes Bill York's book, "John Fox, Jr.: Appalachian Author" (McFarland, 2002), p. 14: "[At] Paris [Kentucky] ... In 1862 ... In his diary for that date, [Fox's father] wrote almost as much of the weather as he did of his new son's birth. 'Changeable, cloudy this evening with storms of snow,' he wrote on December the 16th, 'Minnie was complaining along during the evening, towards night sent for Mrs. Talbott and Dr. Ray and our son was born at 9½ PM.'"
- Vocation : Writers : Columnist/ journalist
- Vocation : Writers : Fiction