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Clarence Budington Kelland

Born: Jul 11, 1881

Death: Feb 18, 1964

Birthplace: Portland

Profession: Writer

Nationality: United States

Clarence Budington Kelland

Date of Birth : Jul 11, 1881
Date of Death : Feb 18, 1964
Birth Place : Portland

Clarence Budington "Bud" Kelland was an American writer. He once described himself as "the best second-rate writer in America". Although largely forgotten now, Kelland had a long career as a writer of fiction and short stories, stretching from 1913 to 1960. He was published in many magazines, including The Saturday Evening Post and The American Magazine. A prolific writer, his output included sixty novels and some two hundred short stories. His best known juvenile works were the Mark Tidd series and the Catty Atkins series, while his best known adult work was the Scattergood Baines series. Other notable adult books by Kelland include Conflict, Rhoda Fair, Hard Money, Arizona, and Dangerous Angel. Kelland was the "literary idol" of the teenaged John O'Hara. He was referred to in a 1995 installment of Harlan Ellison's television commentary, Harlan Ellison's Watching for the program Sci-Fi Buzz, wherein Ellison laments what he perceives as a prevailing cultural illiteracy Kelland's work resulted in some thirty Hollywood movies, including Speak Easily starring Buster Keaton. Opera Hat, a serial from The American Magazine, was the basis for the film Mr.


  • Writer
  • Journalist

Also known as

  • Bud Kelland


  • Betty Carolina Smith
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