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Arthur O. Friel

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Arthur O. Friel

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Full Name: Arthur Olney Friel
Born: May 31, 1885
Detroit, Michigan, USA
Died: January 27, 1959
Concord, New Hampshire, USA
Occupation: Author
Nationality: American


Arthur Olney Friel was one of the most popular writers for the adventure pulps.

Friel was a 1909 Yale University graduate. He was the South American editor for the Associated Press, which led him into his subject matter. In 1922, he became a real-life explorer when he took a six-month trip down Venezuela's Orinoco River and its tributary, the Ventuari River. His travel account was published in 1924 as The River of Seven Stars.

After returning from the Venezuela trip, many of Friel's stories were set in that environment. He remained a popular writer in Adventure throughout the 1920s and 1930s. Most of his longer works were republished in hardback. In the 1930s, he started appearing more regularly in the adventure pulp Short Stories with stories set in Venezuela.

He was a member of the American Geographical Society.

In a 1934 letter, Robert E. Howard described Friel as "one of my favorite authors".

Works in the WWEnd Database


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