Born: Sep. 12, 1869 - New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA
Died: Jul. 4, 1911 - Gunston Hall, Virginia, USA
Educated by tutors in Ohio, Kester spent some time in Colorado in his youth. In 1888, his family moved to Florida and in 1892 he left for New York City. He joined the staff of Cosmopolitan magazine and began publishing short stories and in 1901 published his first novel, The Manager of the B&A. Kester suffered from a throat disability acquired when he was young and this would lead to his death during corrective surgery at the young age of 42. The year of his death, he published his best work, The Prodigal Judge, which made the best-seller list. His posthumously published The Just and the Unjust also became a best-seller in 1912 and was made into a film in 1926. His other works include The Fortune of the Landrays (1905), John O'Jamestown (1907) and Hand of the Mighty (1913 Posthumous).
Find Printed Copy
The Just and the Unjust
The Prodigal Judge
Note: An Asterisk (*) after an author´s name signifies that this is a Pseudonym