Thomas Mayne Reid


Birthday April 4, 1818

Birth Sign Aries

Birthplace Ireland

DEATH DATE Oct 22, 1883 (65)

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An Irish-born American fiction writer, he is known for such adventure novels as The Rifle Rangers, The Desert Home, and The Scalp Hunters. Over the course of his career, he published more than seventy novels and numerous short stories.

Before Fame

He wrote for the Pittsburgh Morning Chronicle using the pen name of "The Poor Scholar."


He and Edgar Allan Poe were drinking companions.

Family Life

He was born in County Down, Ireland. He married Elizabeth Hyde in 1853.

Associated With

His writing was heavily influenced by the work of Robert Louis Stevenson.