Munsey, Frank (1854 - 1925)

Genre: General Fiction, Non-Fiction

Frank A. Munsey was born and raised on a farm in Mercer, ME. During his time working as a telegraph operator in hotel in Augusta, ME, he was exposed to people at the social level where he wanted to be. He moved to New York City and, single handedly, began publishing his own magazine called the Golden Argosy. He became very successful and with the money earned from his magazine publishing, he began to ruthlessly purchase and absorb other magazine and newspaper titles in an attempt to create a publishing monopoly along the lines of the railroads. He died in NYC in 1925, unmarried and with no children, leaving most of his $20,000,000 estate to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Selected Bibliography

  • The Mountain Cave, or, The Mystery of the Sierra Nevada (1887)
  • The Boy Broker (1910)
  • Under Fire (1910)
  • Afloat in a Great City: A Story of Strange Incidents (1910)
  • A Tragedy of Errors (1910)
  • Derringforth: [A Novel] (1910)