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Individual Author Record

General Information


Pen Name: Sometimes, he wrote under the name of Stanton Page

Genre: C:ADULT Fiction

Born: January 9, 1857 in Chicago, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Fuller was born and raised in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Henry Blake Fuller was an American novelist and short story writer. He was a leader in the flowering of Chicago literature in the 1890s. After finishing school, he traveled abroad and came to think that European culture was superior to American. He moved to Europe but returned to Chicago to take over the family business after his father died. His novel, The Cliff-Dwellers, set among residents of a Chicago skyscraper, is often identified as the first important American urban novel. His other Chicago fiction includes: With the Procession, On the Stairs, and Bertram Cope's Year as well as the short story collection Under the Skylights.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- *Chicago LGBT Literary Hall of Fame, 2000

-- *Chicago Literary Hall of Fame, 2017 - The Henry Blake Fuller Award was created and named in his honor - to honor 'lifetime contributions to literature'

-- *Name engraved on the frieze of the Illinois State Library alongside other great Illinois literary figures, 1990