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Enton, Dr. Harry.

Thy voice sounds like a prophet's word.

Dr. Harry Enton was born in Brooklyn in 1854. He began his career with the intention of being a writer and journalist, and was so engaged from 1875 to 1885, but in the early 1880's he began to study medicine and in 1885 was graduated from Long Island College Hospital. He practiced medicine thereafter until his death, although he wrote many nickel novels during these years.

Enton's first novel was written as a serial for the Family Story Paper in 1874, while he was still in school. He originated the character of "Frank Reade" and wrote the first three "Frank Reade" stories,(1) but when Tousey removed his name as author and substituted the stock name "Noname," Enton objected and quit. After this, the series was continued by Lu Senarens and others. Enton then went over to Norman Munro. He claimed that he wrote many of the Old Cap Collier stories. His first novel for Beadle appeared in 1883, under the pseudonym "Major Mickey Free," and this story was afterwards reprinted under his own name. He also wrote for The Boys' Champion in 1883, and for his serial "Young Sullivan; or, Knocked Out in Four Rounds," they paid him(2) $2,500.

Dr. Enton traveled extensively and wrote continuously up to a year before his death. He died suddenly of cerebral hemorrhage, Monday, March 28, 1927, at his home, 163 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, and was survived by his wife, Phoebe, a son Louis R., and two daughters, Mrs. Belle M. Adelson and Mrs. Julia C. Levy. He was buried in Fresh Pond Cemetery.

Besides the name "Mickey Free," used for a Beadle novel, Dr. Enton elsewhere wrote under the pseudonyms "Val Versatile,"(3) "Ironclad," "Harry Harrison," and possibly "Wenona Gilman."

REFERENCES: Personal interview with Dr. Enton by Ralph Adimari, July 17, 1925, and communicated to me. Obituary and death notices in New York Times, March 30, 1927, and Brooklyn Daily Eagle, March 29, 1927; J. W. Haynes, Pseudonyms of Authors, New York, 1882.

Banner Weekly. No. 107
Half-Dime Library. No. 585
Pocket Library.
No. 299

Under the pen name "Mickey Free" he wrote:

Half-Dime Library. No. 328


1 See the Correspondents' Column of Harrigan and Hart's New York Boys, I, March 12, 1881.
3 In The Boys' Champion, II, February 10, 1883, 10, Enton acknowledged that he had received this amount, as claimed by the publishers. Perhaps it was only an advertising dodge—there were no income taxes in those good old days.
3 William Cushing, Initials and Pseudonyms, New York, 1886, 293.

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