Master's Theses



Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


The purpose of this thesis is to identify the many characters found in the two autobiographical novels written by Harry Kemp. The novels, Tramping on Life (1922) and More Miles (1926), contain intimate recollections of the poet’s life from 1883 until approximately 1915, and scores of anecdotes about famous people from many walks of life: artists, journalists, anarchists, professors, authors, editors, and others. Unfortunately for the biographer-historian, Kemp has given pseudonyms to practically all of the people about whom he writes. This thesis establishes the identity of 136 personages’ ”known and unknown, famous and infamous” found in the two novels. Among those identified are: David Belasco, Floyd Dell, Max Eastman, Emma Goldman, Elbert Hubbard, Sinclair Lewis, Bernarr Macfadden, Dwight L. Moody, John Reed, Upton Sinclair, William Allen White, and William Butler Yeats. The thesis is presented in the form of two indexes. The first indexes the false names and establishes the true identity of each. The second is a cross-index of the real names to the pseudonyms. In addition, a biography of Harry Kemp and some notes of historical background are provided.


Dr. Samuel J. Sackett

Date of Award

Spring 1966

Document Type

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