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Arthur Stringer House (plaque no. 48)

Arthur Stringer House

Location on Google Maps: 64 Elmwood Avenue East, London, Ontario

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Date of plaque unveiling:  October 1, 2000
This plaque was erected in November 1975 but not unveiled until 2000.

Speakers:  Prof. David Bentley and Dale Manias

Arthur Stringer House London

Photo credit: PG F 354, Ivey Family London Room, Central Library, London Public Library, 251 Dundas Street, London, Ontario, Glen Curnoe, 1988

History

Future writer Arthur Stringer was born in Chatham, Ontario, on February 26, 1874, a descendant of a fugitive of the 1837 Rebellion.

The Stringer family moved to this house in 1884, and Arthur attended London Collegiate Institute. He later studied at the University of Toronto and briefly at Oxford University.

During these years, his poems were published in Toronto’s Canadian Magazine and Saturday Night. In 1895, he took a position at the Montreal Herald. He later moved to New York where he became friends with such literary figures as Bliss Carman and Charles G. D. Roberts and wrote for Atlantic Monthly and Harper’s Magazine.

In 1903 his first novel, The Silver Poppy, was published and he married Jobyna Howland, an actress. They spent several summers at a fruit farm on Lake Erie and wintered in Europe and North Africa. After they divorced in 1914, Stringer married his cousin, Margaret Arbuthnott.

By this time, he had published several other books, including The Prairie Wife and The Wire Tappers. In 1918, Stringer spent a year in Hollywood, where he wrote screenplays. Some thirty of his stories were made into films.

In 1921, he and his wife moved to Mountain Lakes, New Jersey, where he continued to write. He spent time leading camping expeditions in the woods, and traveled extensively in Canada, Europe and the United States. An eclectic personality, Stringer was equally comfortable as backwoodsman, bohemian, journalist, novelist, poet and screen-writer. Actress Mary Pickford (about whom he had written a book) once aptly called him “Chameleon Arthur.”

Stringer published fifteen volumes of poetry, 45 works of fiction, and countless articles. He died at Mountain Lakes on September 13, 1950.

 Forest City Bicycle Club in Photographer's Studio, London, Ontario

PG M 12, Ivey Family London Room, Central Public Library, London Public Library, 251 Dundas Street, London, Ontario, Forest City Bicycle Club with Arthur Stringer as No. 4 on the back row by the curtain, ca 1889-1892