Ridgwell Cullum

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Ridgwell Cullum
Sidney Groves Burghard

(1867-08-13)13 August 1867
Died3 November 1943(1943-11-03) (aged 76)

Ridgwell Cullum (pseudonym of Sidney Groves Burghard) (13 August 1867 3 November 1943) was a British writer who wrote a large number of adventure novels over more than 30 years, usually set in sparsely populated regions of the United States or Canada.


He left home aged 17 to join a gold rush in the Transvaal in South Africa, where he became involved in the conflict between British and Boer settlers; he travelled to the scene of another gold rush in Yukon in north-west Canada; he spent a few years cattle-ranching in Montana, USA.

His first novel The Devil's Keg, set in Alberta, Canada, was published in 1903. After its success he settled in Britain and became a full-time writer. Several of his novels were made into films.


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