(1878 - 1952)
Owen McMahon Johnson was an American writer best remembered for his stories and novels cataloguing the educational and personal growth of the fictional character Dink Stover. The Lawrenceville Stories (The Prodigious Hickey, The Tennessee Shad, The Varmint, Skippy Bedelle, The Hummingbird), set in the well-known prep school, invite comparison with Kipling’s Stalky and Co. A 1987 PBS mini-series was based on them.
An anthology of stories about school and sports.
The Humming Bird (1910)
A collection of stories, mainly about baseball. Read online at archive.org.
The Lawrenceville Stories (1967)
The Prodigious Hickey (1909)
The first of the boarding school stories set at Lawrenceville in the era after the end of caning, when “between masters and students there was an armed and exceedingly wary neutrality.” Read online at archive.org.
Skippy Bedelle (1922)
Further adventures of the Lawrenceville School inmates. Read online at archive.org.
Stover at Yale (1912)
Having graduated Lawrenceville School, Dink Stover matriculates at Yale. Read online at archive.org.
The Tennessee Shad (1911)
The Prodigious Hickey has moved on but life continues at The Lawrenceville School. Read online at Hathitrust.