Arthur Train

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Arthur Train , actually Arthur Cheney Train , (born September 6, 1875 in Boston , Massachusetts , † December 22, 1945 ) was an American lawyer and writer.


Train was a son of the politician Charles Russell Train and his wife Sara Maria Cheney. He studied a. a. Law at Harvard University and was able to successfully complete this degree in 1896 with the title of Bachelor . He moved to Harvard Law School , where he received a Bachelor of Laws three years later .

Train had married Ethel Kissam in his hometown in 1897 and had four children with her. With effect from 1 January 1901 Train was appointed assistant to the District Attorney of the State of New York appointed. His first literary attempts also fall during this period; In 1904 he made his successful debut with his story "The Maximilian Diamond". Until 1908 he was employed by the New York State Attorney's Office and wrote detective novels and / or crime stories on the side; the latter were published in pulp magazines or magazines such as Leslie's Monthly or the like.

In 1908 he switched to an insurance company as a lawyer, where he worked until 1915. Between 1915 and 1922 he ran a law firm with Charles Albert Perkins . Then he resigned all offices and duties and devoted himself only to writing. In 1924 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters .

His wife died in 1923 and five years later Train married Helen Coster Gerard and had a son, John (* 1928).

Arthur Train died 13 weeks after his 70th birthday on December 22, 1945; Just one day later, there was a highly regarded obituary in the New York Times .

Works (selection)

  • Ambition . Kessinger Books, New York 2005, ISBN 1-417-93405-0 (reprint of the New York 1928 edition).
  • McAllister and his double . Books for Libraires PRess, Freeport, NY 1970 (reprinted from New York 1905 edition).
  • The man who rocked the earth . Arno Press, New York 1975, ISBN 0-405-06315-6 (reprint of the New York 1915 edition).
  • Paper Profits. A novel of Wall Street . Liveright Books, New York 11930.
  • Tutt cycle
  1. Tutt and Mr. Tutt . 1920.
  2. When Tutt meets Tutt . 1927.
  3. Mr. Tutt finds a way . 1945.
  4. Tut tut! Mr. Tutt! 1923.
  • Everyday life in America ("The story of everyday life"). Rohrer Publishing House, Innsbruck 1952.
  • From the District Attorney's Office. A popular account of criminal justice . Scribner's , London 1939.
  • My Day in Court . Scribner's, New York 1939 (autobiography)
  • The prisoner at the bar. Lights on the administration of criminal justice . Scribner's, New York 1922.
  • Puritan's progress. An informal account of certain Puritans and their descendants from the American Revolution to the present time, their manners and customs, their development of American social and economic life during the last 150 years . Scribner's, New York 1931.
  • The strange attacks on Herbert Hoover. A current example of what we do to our presidents . Day Publ., New York 1932.


  • Armin Arnold u. a .: Reclam's crime novelist . Reclam, Stuttgart 1978, ISBN 3-15-010278-2 , p. 331.
  • Philip DeTurk: Tutt. An annotated bibliography of Arthur Train's "Tutt" short stories . University Press, Austin, Tx. 1993, ISBN 0-935630-44-9 .
  • Dorothy L. Mann: Arthur Train. Man of letters, man of laws . Scribner'S, New York 1935.
  • Otto Penzler: Detectionary. A bibliographical dictionary of leading characters in detective and mystery fiction . Overlook Press, Woodstock, NY 1977, ISBN 0-87951-041-2 .

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Members: Arthur Train. American Academy of Arts and Letters, accessed April 29, 2019 .