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                                       Frank Waters: A Bibliography by Terence A. Tanner


       Frank Waters Chronology

Click dates of interest in table below.

         1902-1945            1946-1969            1970-2002



Published works appear in Pink.


Frank Waters born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, July 25, son of Frank Jonathon Waters and May Ione (Dozier) Waters.                                                           


Visited Navajo Reservation, New Mexico, with father.                                                                   


Frank Jonathon Waters died December 20.  


October Earliest published writing appeared in grade school literary magazine, the Columbia Sayings and Doings.                                                                                                                          

Frank in 6th Grade

 1921 - 1924                                  

Studied engineering at Colorado College, left without degree.  Sold papers; worked as Santa Fe Railroad yard clerk, baggage agent.                                                              


Worked in Salt Creek oil fields near Lavoye, Wyoming, as a day laborer for Carter Oil Company and Midwest Refining Company (Standard Oil subsidiary).                                        


Worked for Southern California Telephone Company in Los Angeles and El Centro (worked for them as traffic chief and engineer in Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Bernardino through  1935).  Made company study in Las Vegas relative to communication needs during building of Hoover Dam.  Wrote Fever Pitch.                                                                 


Wrote The Yogi of Cockroach Court, first draft.                                                                             


February  Fever Pitch published by Horace Liveright. 



Traveled through Sierra Madre back country, Mexico. 

North American Review published Waters’ only short story, “Easy Meat.”                                                                 


Wrote The Wild Earth’s Nobility.                                                     

1934 - 1936                             

Wrote The Earp Brothers of Tombstone, first draft.                                                                          

  Frank and Allie Earp (Mrs. Virgil Earp), 1950's


June 10 The Wild Earth’s Nobility published by Liveright Publishing Company.          


Spring, lived in Hollywood, California.  Summer, moved to Victor, Colorado, on Squaw Mountain in the Cripple Creek district. Summer, began writing full time; wrote Midas of the Rockies.   

Fall, moved to Mora, New Mexico, Butler Hotel; wrote Below Grass Roots.                                                 


                                                 Petrified Forest Coyote, from Book of the Hope


Spent spring in Colorado Springs.  Spent summer in Taos, New Mexico, at Spud Johnson’s house (now Laughing Horse Inn).                       

Spent fall writing Earp Brothers, second draft, while living near Nogales and Tombstone, Arizona. 

Spent winter in Los Angeles rewriting The Yogi of Cockroach Court.      

October:  Midas of the Rockies published by Covici-Friede.  

November:  Below Grass Roots published by Liveright Publishing Company.                                                      



Spring, in Mora wrote The Dust Within the Rock.

Fall, lived in room above garage at Tony House in Taos (Frank’s Studio”).                                                                                                                         


Wrote article on Navajo ceremonial sing, spring issue Yale Review.                          

Spent summer in Taos at Mabel Luhan’s Placita house (now Hacienda del Sol in El Prado) writing People of the Valley.

Spent fall in Hollywood, California.                


In February traveled to New York with Tony Lujan, who went back to Taos for kiva duties.  Returned home with Mabel through South; attended New Orleans premier of Gone With the Wind. 

During April traveled with both Lujans to first Inter-American Indian Congress in Patzcuaro, Mexico. 

March 31 wrote syndicated article (King Features) on conference.  In Taos at Tony House studio began The Man Who Killed the Deer.                  

January The Dust Within the Rock published by Liveright Publishing Company                                                        



Lived in Los Angeles.  Wrote River Lady; began The Colorado.  

Worked for David O. Selznick Productions, Culver City, California.  

Mother May Ione (Dozier) Waters died December 23.                             

February 6  People of the Valley published by Farrar & Rinehart.                                                          


July, finished working for Selznick.  Served in United States Army, Camp Chafee, Ft. Smith, Arkansas, Aberdeen, Maryland; wrote script for weaponry film.       

March:    River Lady, by Houston Branch and Frank Waters, published by Farrar & Rinehart.                                            

June 11:    The Man Who Killed the Deer published by Farrar & Rinehart.                                                        


                                                      from The Man Who Killed the Deer



Released from army to prepare propaganda briefs for the Office of the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs, Washington, D.C.                            

Wrote much of The Colorado.                                                                 


Married Lois Moseley; lived in New York City and Washington, D.C.                                                          Frank and Lois Moseley


Rewrote The Yogi of Cockroach Court.  Lived in Los Angeles  and Texas. 

Wrote for movies again and researched material for novel on Jefferson, Texas (never written), Moseley’s hometown.  


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