Albert Payson Terhune : biography
Albert Payson Terhune (December 21, 1872 – February 18, 1942) was an American author, dog breeder, and journalist. The public knows him best for his novels relating the adventures of his beloved collies and as a breeder of collies at his Sunnybank Kennels, the lines of which still exist in today’s Rough Collies.
His estate, Sunnybank, in Wayne, New Jersey is maintained as Terhune Memorial Park – Sunnybank. It is open to the public and visitors can visit the graves of many of the dogs mentioned in Terhune’s works and view a collection of Terhune’s book and dog awards at the Van Riper-Hopper Historic House Museum. Historical and family items from the Terhune home, "The Place," can be found at the Pompton Lakes Historical Museum.
Albert Payson Terhune first published short stories about his collie Lad, titled Lad Stories, in various general-interest magazines, including Red Book, Saturday Evening Post, Ladies’ Home Journal, Hartford Courant, and the Atlantic Monthly. The first of his novels about his dogs, Lad: A Dog, collected a dozen stories of his collie Lad in novel form. Lad was followed by over thirty additional dog-focused novels, including two additional books about Lad. Published in 1919, the novel was a best seller in both the adult and young adult markets and has been reprinted over 80 times. It was adapted into a feature film in 1962. A man of his time, Terhune is now often criticized by some for his starkly racist depictions of the minorities, hill people, and so-called "half-breeds" that peopled parts of New Jersey less idealized than Sunnybrook.
Albert Payson Terhune was born in New Jersey to Mary Virginia Hawes and the Reverend Edward Payson Terhune. His mother, Mary Virginia Hawes, was a writer of household management books and pre-Civil War novels under the name Marion Harland. Terhune had four sisters and one brother, though only two of his sisters lived to be adults: Christine Terhune Herrick (1859–1944); and Virginia Terhune Van De Water (1865–1945).
Sunnybank () was originally the family’s summer home, with Terhune making it his permanent residence in 1912. He was educated at Columbia University where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1893. From 1894 to 1914, he worked as a reporter for The Evening World.
He boxed exhibition matches with James J. Corbett, Bob Fitzsimmons and James J. Jeffries.
His Sunnybank Kennels where he bred and raised rough collies were "the most famed collie kennels in the U.S.".
Terhune was married twice. His first wife, Lorraine Bryson Terhune, died at the age of 23, four days after giving birth to Lorraine Virginia Terhune Stevens (1898–1956) and nine months into the marriage. He later remarried to Anice Terhune; they never had children. He died on February 18, 1942. He was buried at the Pompton Reformed Church in Pompton Lakes, New Jersey.
List of works
- Syria From the Saddle (1896)
- Columbia Stories (1897)
- How to Box to Win (1900) (written as "Terry McGovern")
- Dr. Dale: A Story Without A Moral (1900) (with Marion Harland)
- The New Mayor (1907)
- Caleb Conover, Railroader (1907)
- The World’s Great Events (1908)
- The Fighter (1909)
- The Return of Peter Grimm (1912, novelization of the play by David Belasco)
- The Woman (1912)
- Around the World in Thirty Days (1914)
- Dad (1914) written with Sinclair Lewis
- The Story of Damon and Pythias (1915)
- Superwomen (1916) Republished as: Famous Hussies Of History (1943)
- Dollars and Cents (1917)
- The Years of the Locust (1917)
- Fortune (1918)
- Wonder Women In History (1918)
- Lad: A Dog (1919)
- Bruce (1920)
- Buff: A Collie (1921)
- The Man In the Dark (1921)
- His Dog (1922)
- Black Gold (1922)
- Black Caesar’s Clan (1922)
- Further Adventures of Lad (1922); Republished as: Dog Stories Every Child Should Know (1941)
- The Pest (1923)
- Lochinvar Luck (1923)
- The Amateur Inn (1923)
- Treve (1924)
- The Tiger’s Claw (1924)
- The Heart of a Dog (1924)
- Now That I’m Fifty (1925)
- The Runaway Bag (1925)
- Wolf (1925)
- Najib (1925)
- Treasure (1926) Republished as: The Faith of a Collie” (1949)
- My Friend The Dog (1926)
- Gray Dawn (1927)
- The Luck of the Laird (1927) Republished as: A Highland Collie” (1950)
- Bumps (1927)
- Blundell’s :Last Guest (1927)
- Water! (1928)
- Black Wings (1928)
- The Secret of Sea-Dream House (1929)
- Lad of Sunnybank (1929)
- To The Best Of My Memory (1930)
- Diana Thorne’s Dog Basket: A Series of Etchings (1930)
- Proving Nothing (1930)
- A Dog Named Chips (1931)
- The Son Of God (1932)
- The Dog Book (1932)
- The Way of a Dog (1932)
- Letters of Marque (1934)
- The Book Of Sunnybank (1934) Republished as: Sunnybank: Home of Lad (1953)
- Real Tales of Real Dogs (1935)
- True Dog Stories (1936)
- The Critter And Other Dogs (1936)
- Unseen! (1937)
- The Terhune Omnibus (1937) Republished as The Best-Loved Dog Stories Of Albert Payson Terhune in 1954.
- A Book of Famous Dogs (1937) Republished as: Famous Dog Stories Every Child Should Know (1937)
- Grudge Mountain (1939) Republished as: Dog of the High Sierras” (1951)
- Dogs (1940)
- Loot! (1940) Republished as: Collie to The Rescue (1952)
- Across The Line (1945) (With notes and commentary by Anice Terhune)
- Wallace: Glasgow’s Immortal Fire Dog (1961)
- Great Dog Stories (1994) Collects five stories from The Heart of a Dog and five from My Friend The Dog.