Author:Carolyn Wells

Carolyn Wells

American author and poet who wrote a total of more than 170 books; firstly concentrated on poetry, humor and children's books; later, devoted herself to the mystery genre; best remembered for her mystery books, especially The Clue (1909), and her light verse which include several classic limericks

Carolyn Wells


(Partial list)

Adult fictionEdit

  • Alan Ford
    • The Bride of a Moment (1916)
    • Faulkner's Folly (1917)
  • Anthologies (as editor)
    • A Nonsense Anthology (1910)
    • A Parody Anthology (1904)
    • Such Nonsense, An Anthology (1918)
    • The Best American Mystery Stories of the Year (1931, 1932)
    • The Book of Humorous Verse Project Gutenberg

Children's fictionEdit

  • The Dorrance family
    • The Dorrance Domain (1905)
    • Dorrance Doings (1906)
  • Other novels
    • Folly in Fairyland (1901)
    • In the Reign of Queen Dick (1904)
    • Dick and Dolly (1909)
    • Dick and Dolly's Adventures (1910)
    • The Story of Betty (1911)

Collections of other storiesEdit

  • Children of Our Town From the Collections at the Library of Congress


    • On Finishing Collector (1926)
    • The Technique of the Mystery Story (1913)
    • An Outline of Humor (1923) (external scan)
    • Book of American Limericks (1925)

Works from magazinesEdit



Works about WellsEdit


Some or all works by this author are in the public domain in the United States because they were published before January 1, 1928.

The longest-living author of these works died in 1942, so these works are in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 80 years or less. These works may be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.