Author:Ralph Henry Barbour

Ralph Henry Barbour
American novelist, who primarily wrote popular works of sports fiction for boys. In collaboration with L. H. Bickford, he also wrote as Richard Stillman Powell. Other works included light romances and adventure novels. He was among the first to introduce humor in school stories.
Ralph Henry Barbour


(Incomplete list. Some guesswork in categorization)

School stories and children's fictionEdit


Ferry HillEdit

(Stories first serialized in St. Nicholas)

The Adventure ClubEdit

"Big Four"Edit

  • Four in Camp a Story of Summer Adventures in the New Hampshire Woods, 1912
  • Four Afoot, 1906
  • Four Afloat: Being the Adventures of the Big Four on the Water, 1912


The GraftonEdit

Hilton SchoolEdit

  • The Half-Back: A Story of School, Football, and Golf, 1909 (external scan)
  • For the Honor of the School: A Story of School Life and Interscholastic Sport, 1900 (external scan)
  • Captain of the Crew, 1901 (external scan)

Purple PennantEdit

Yardley HallEdit

  • Forward Pass, 1908
  • Double Play; A Story of School and Baseball, 1909 (external scan)
  • Winning His "Y": A Story of School Athletics, 1910
  • For Yardley: A Story of Track and Field, 1911 (external scan)
  • Change Signals 1912 (external scan)
  • Around the End, 1913


  • The Arrival of Jimpson and Other Stories for Boys About Boys, 1904 (external scan)
  • The Spirit of the School, 1907 (external scan)
  • The New Boy at Hilltop and Other Stories, 1910
  • Finkler's Field: A Story of School and Baseball, 1911
  • Team-Mates, 1911
  • Crofton Chums, 1912 (?)
  • Left-End Edwards, 1914 (external scan)
  • Left Tackle Thayer, 1915
  • Left Guard Gilbert, 1916 (external scan)
  • Center Rush Rowland, 1917 (?)
  • The Junior Trophy, 1918
  • Full-Back Foster, 1919
  • The play that won 1919 (transcription project)
  • The Book of School and College Sports (external scan)
  • Follow the Ball (external scan)
  • Quarter-Back Bates, 1920
  • Fourth Down, 1920
  • Kick Formation, 1921
  • Left Half Harmon, 1921
  • Right End Emerson, 1922 (?)
  • The Turner Twins, 1922, illus C. M. Relyea (external scan)


Adventure storiesEdit


With H. P. HoltEdit

Works from magazinesEdit

As Richard Stillman PowellEdit


Some or all works by this author are in the public domain in the United States because they were published before January 1, 1926.

The author died in 1944, so works by this author are also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 75 years or less. Works by this author may also 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.