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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Frederick Dilley Glidden  

Pen Name: Luke Short

Genre: C:ADULT Fiction

Born: 1908 in Kewanee, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Glidden was born in Kewanee. He attended the University of Illinois for two years and a half years.

Biographical and Professional Information

Frederick Glidden began his early career as a general reporter for a series of Midwest daily newspapers. However, he did not last long at any of the papers, and during the Depression he trapped furs in Canada. He took on an agent in the early 1930's and by the end of the decade he had turned out fourteen novels and numerous short stories. He became a very prolific writer of Westerns. He also authored several screen and television plays. In 1974, Glidden was inducted into the National Cowboy Hall of Fame.

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