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Charles Neville Buck

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Charles Neville Buck
Born(1879-04-15)April 15, 1879
Woodford County, Kentucky, U.S.

Charles Neville Buck (April 15, 1879 - ?) was an American writer who had many of his novels staged in theater productions and adapted into films during the silent film era.[1] He was born in Woodford County, Kentucky.[1] His father Charles William Buck served U.S. president Grover Cleveland's administration in Peru[2] and wrote Under the Sun about the Inca period. His maternal grandfather was dean of the University of Kentucky Medical School.[1]

Buck was born near Midway, Kentucky and grew up in Kentucky apart from four years living with his father in South America.[3] Buck graduated from the University of Louisville in 1898.[1]

He and P.G. Wodehouse were both gypped by the same agent in New York c. 1907.[4]

Many of his works were serialized such as Battle Cry in Munsey's Magazine. The story was set in Kentucky's Cumberland Mountains.[5] Several of his novels include illustrations by various artists.

His work includes yarns about the mountain men of Kentucky and their traditions.[6]

He worked for a year as a cartoonist and then for about a decade as reporter in Kentucky. He moved to New York City after finding success as a writer. He married and acquired a vacation home in Orleans in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.[1]

Buck also published under the pseudonym Hugh Lundsford.[7]


  • The Lighted Match (1910)
  • The Key to Yesterday[8] (1910)
  • Portal of Dreams (1912)
  • Call of the Cumberlands (1913)
  • The Battle Cry (1914)
  • The Code of the Mountains (1915)
  • Destiny (1916)[9]
  • The Tyranny of Weakness (1917)
  • When 'Bear Cat' Went Dry (1918)
  • A Pagan of the Hills (1919)
  • The Law of Hemlock Mountain (c. 1920)
  • The Tempering (1920)
  • The Roof Tree[10] (1921)
  • The Tyranny of Eben Tollman (1923)
  • A Gentleman in Pajamas (1924)
  • Rogue's Badge (1924)
  • Portuguese Silver (1925)[11]
  • The Flight to the Hills (1926)
  • Hazard of the Hills (1932)[12]
  • The Strength of Samson



  1. ^ a b c d e Alderman, Edwin Anderson; Harris, Joel Chandler; Kent, Charles William (September 29, 1923). "Library of Southern Literature". Martin & Hoyt Company – via Google Books.
  2. ^ "Charles William Buck - People - Department History - Office of the Historian".
  3. ^ Richey, Ish (October 13, 1963). "Kentucky Literature, 1784-1963". Monroe County Press – via Google Books.
  4. ^ "Madame Eulalie - Stories from Other Publications".
  5. ^ "Epoch". Epoch publishing Company. September 29, 1914 – via Google Books.
  6. ^ "The Bookman: A Literary Journal". Dodd, Mead and Company. October 13, 1921 – via Google Books.
  7. ^ Buck, Charles Neville (October 13, 1920). The law of Hemlock Mountain. W. J. Watt & Company – via Hathi Trust.
  8. ^ Smith, Geoffrey D. (August 13, 1997). American Fiction, 1901-1925: A Bibliography. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9780521434690 – via Google Books.
  9. ^ Buck, Charles Neville (October 13, 1916). "Destiny /". New York. hdl:2027/wu.89090380205.
  10. ^ "Munsey's Magazine for ..." Frank A. Munsey & Company. September 29, 1921 – via Google Books.
  11. ^ Buck, Charles Neville (October 13, 1925). "Portuguese Silver". New York & London – via Google Books.
  12. ^ Buck, Charles Neville (October 13, 1932). "Hazard of the Hills". Macaulay Company – via Google Books.
  13. ^ "Destiny". June 1919 – via
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