The Dog and the Child and the Ancient Sailor Man

by Robert Alexander Wason

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Robert Alexander Wason was born in Toledo, Ohio in 1874. He attended high school, later marrying his wife, Emma Louie Brownell, in May 1911. Wason wrote numerous books, particularly for children, including The Wolves (1908) and The Happy Hawkins (1909). He was also known for working on vaudeville sketches, and a comedic opera. In addition to writing, he worked as a clerk in a general store for eight years. He also served a miner, in offices, and a farmer. He spent a lot of time exploring the west, and also served in the Army during the Spanish-American War. His wide variety of experiences were incorporated in his writings. He passed away in Mountain Lakes, New Jersey in 1955.