Other Literary Forms

(Critical Edition of Dramatic Literature)

Clyde Fitch’s nondramatic works have never been collected. He wrote one novel, A Wave of Life, which appeared in Lippincott’s magazine in February, 1891, and which was later published by Mitchell Kennerley, with a foreword by Montrose J. Moses. Before the novel was published, Fitch had served his literary apprenticeship by writing short stories for a variety of commercial and church-related magazines. In 1889 alone, The Independent, The Christian Union, The Churchman, Puck, Life, and the children’s magazine Young Hearts had accepted his stories, and in 1891, Fitch gathered a number of his vignettes of childhood into a volume entitled The Knighting of the Twins, which was published by Roberts Brothers in Boston; one of the stories, “An Unchronicled Miracle,” was dedicated to Walter Pater. Known for his association with the Pre-Raphaelite movement, that author of Studies in the History of the Renaissance (1873) answered Fitch’s whimsical verse that suggested that “even a cat may look on a king” with a pleasant, congratulatory note. Some Correspondence and Six Conversations (1896) and The Smart Set (1897), both collections of letters and discussions, were published by Stone and Kimball in Chicago. Fitch’s nondramatic works are out of print and difficult to obtain; some of the short stories in such magazines as Puck and Life have not been identified.