Albert Bigelow Paine
(10 July 1861
– 9 April 1937
) was an American author
best known for his work with Mark Twain
. Paine was a member of the Pulitzer Prize Committee
and wrote in several genres
, including fiction, humour, and verse.
Paine was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts
and moved to Bentonsport, Iowa
at the age of 1. He later moved to St. Louis
, where he trained as a photographer
, and became a dealer in photographic supplies in Fort Scott, Kansas
. Paine sold up in 1895 to become a full-time writer, moving to New York. He spent most of his life living in Europe
, including a time in France
where he wrote two books about Joan of Arc
. This work was so well received in France that he was awarded the title of Chevalier
in the Légion d'honneur
by the French government
Paine wrote several children's books, the first of which was published in 1898. He went on to write about his travelling adventures, including The Tent Dwellers, written about a trout fishing trip to Nova Scotia. His 1901 book The Great White Way written about the Arctic indirectly gave New York City's Broadway the name "Great White Way
He was the official biographer and literary executor for Mark Twain, and worked with him (and on his behalf after his death) on various projects. His work on Twain's unfinished story The Mysterious Stranger saw him combine three versions of the story into one.
Paine was married to Dora and had three daughters.
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