Walter D. Edmonds Novelist

Walter "Walt" Dumaux Edmonds (July 15, 1903 Boonville, New York – January 24, 1998) was an American author noted for his historical novels, including the popular Drums Along the Mohawk (1936), which was successfully made into a Technicolor feature film in 1939 directed by John Ford and starring Henry Fonda and Claudette Colbert. In 1919 he entered The Choate School (now Choate Rosemary Hall) in Wallingford, Connecticut. Originally intending to study chemical engineering, he became more interested in writing and worked as managing editor of the Choate Literary Magazine. He graduated in 1926 from Harvard, where he edited The Harvard Advocate, and where he studied with Charles Townsend Copeland. In 1929, he published his first novel, Rome Haul, a work about the Erie Canal. The novel was adapted for the 1934 play The Farmer Takes a Wife and the 1935 film of the same name. He married Eleanor Stetson in 1930. Drums Along the Mohawk was on the bestseller list for two years, second only to Margaret Mitchell's famous 1936 novel Gone with the Wind for part of that time. Bert Breen's Barn was a winner of the 1976 National Book Award in category Children's Books.

Personal details

Date of birth
July 15th, 1903
United States of America
Date of death
January 24th, 1998 at age of 94
Place of death




1. Harvard University Colleges/University

Harvard University is an American private Ivy League research university located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States, established in 1636 by the Massachusetts legislature. Harvard is the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States and the first corporation (officially The President and Fellows of Harvard College) chartered in the country. Harvard's history, influence, and wealth have made it one of the most prestigious universities in the world.

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Type University
2013. 32.7 bil. $
2012. 30.7 bil. $
Institution colors
September 8th, 1636
Massachusetts Hall, 02138 - Cambridge, Massachusetts
2012. 10,564
2010. 10,265
2009. 10,200
2012. 17,583
2010. 17,329
Acceptance rate
2014. 5.9 %
2013. 5.8 %
2012. 5.9 %
2011. 6.2 %
2010. 6.9 %
Local tuition
2013. 42.3 K $
2012. 40 K $
2011. 39.9 K $
2010. 35 K $
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Movies written

Title Year Budget Awards Producers Directors Co-writers External resources
Drums Along the Mohawk

Written work

1.Rome Haul

Historical novel
Editions Subjects Co-authors
1929. at Boston

2.The big barn

Editions Subjects Co-authors
1930. at Boston

3.Erie water

Editions Subjects Co-authors
1933. at Boston

4.The Matchlock Gun

Children's literature, Historical novel
Editions Subjects Co-authors
1942. at New York City
1998. by Putnam Juvenile (80 pages)

5.They fought with what they had

Editions Subjects Co-authors
1951. at Boston

6.The Boyds of Black River

Editions Subjects Co-authors
1953. at New York City (248 pages)

7.The musket and the cross

Editions Subjects Co-authors
1968. at Boston (514 pages)

8.The South African quirt

Editions Subjects Co-authors
1985. at Boston (186 pages)

9.Drums Along the Mohawk

Historical novel
Editions Subjects Co-authors
1997. by Tandem Library
American Revolution
American Revolutionary War

Awards won

1976 National Book Award for Children's Books

Awarded for Presented by Discipline Award shared with
Bert Breen's Barn Work of Fiction
National Book Committee
Young-adult fiction
Children's literature

1942 John Newbery Medal

Awarded for Presented by Discipline Award shared with
The Matchlock Gun Historical Novel
Association for Library Service to Children
Children's literature


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