Stevenson, Burton Egbert


Born: November 9, 1872
Died: May 13, 192
Ohio connection: Birth

Burton Egbert Stevenson was born in 1872 in Chillicothe, Ohio. He attended Princeton University, 1890-93, during which time he also worked as a correspondent for United Press and the New York Tribune, 1891-93. He was a reporter for the Chillicothe Leader, Chillicothe, Ohio, and 1893-94. He was city editor for the Chillicothe Daily News, 1894-98, and the Daily Advertiser, Chillicothe, 1898-99. He married Elizabeth Shepard Butler in 1895. He was librarian at the Chillicothe Public Library from 1899 until 1957.

In 1918, he also founded the American Library in Paris, France, and was its director, 1918-20, and 1925-30. During World War I, Stevenson started a library for servicemen at Camp Sherman, and later accepted a position to head a national campaign for library service for the armed services. This led to his appointment as European director of the American Library Association`s Library War Service, a position he held for seven years. Burton Stevenson was a prolific writer, probably best known for his anthologies, such as The Home Book of Proverbs, Maxims, and Familiar PhrasesThe Home Book of VerseThe Home Book of Quotations; and The Standard Book of Shakespeare Quotations. One of his popular mystery novels, The Mystery of the Boule Cabinet, was adapted for a film with the title In the Next RoomLittle Comrade was adapted for a film called On Dangerous Ground. Some of Stevenson`s books for children were Tommy Remington`s BattleThe Young Section-HandThe Young Train Dispatcher, and The Young Train Master. Mystery novels included The Marathon Mystery: A Story of Manhattan: The Gloved Hand: A Detective Story; and The House Next Door: A Detective Story. Burton Stevenson died May 13, 1962.

Ohioana grand medalist, Martha Kinney Cooper Ohioana Library Association, 1949; Litt.D., Marietta College, 1955.