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Archibald Clavering Gunter (25 October 1847 – 23 February 1907) is primarily known today for authoring the novel that the film A Florida Enchantment was based upon, and for his hand in popularizing "Casey at the Bat". A Florida Enchantment is the first play to portray actresses kissing and hugging on an American stage (1896).
Gunter clipped the original publication of the poem from the San Francisco Examiner and passed it on to DeWolf Hopper, whose performances brought it fame. Gunter was a playwright and prolific self-published novelist, novels that were translated into other languages and adapted several times into films. His Home Publishing Company also published Gunter's Magazine (1905–1907), featuring short fiction or serialized novels by himself and others. He also published others' novels, including ones by Richard Henry Savage and Gilbert Parker.
Gunter was born in Liverpool in 1847. When 6 years old he was brought to
New York by his parents, who soon after took him to California. There he
attended the public schools, and was graduated from the School of Mines of the
University of California. He then became in turn a civil engineer with the
Central Pacific Railroad, a chemist in the California Assay Office,
Superintendent of the McKay mines in Utah, and a stock broker in San
Francisco. In 1879 he returned to New York.
His first successful novel, "Mr. Barnes of New York," ran for many editions and more than a million copies were sold in the United States and England. He was the author of the play, "Prince Karl," in which Richard Mansfield made his first hit. He was the author of thirty-nine novels and several plays. With the proceeds from the sale of "Mr. Barnes of New York" he established himself as a publisher, becoming proprietor of the Home Publishing Company, 3 East Fourteenth Street, New York.
Archibald Clavering Gunter, publisher, novelist, and playwright, died suddenly of apoplexy on 23 February 1907, at his home, 145 West Seventy-third Street. He was writing the last pages of the manuscript of a new play when he was stricken. He leaves a widow, who was Esther Lisbeth Burns, a niece of George H. Story, curator of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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