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The British-born writer Henry William Herbert shoots himself in the Stevens House Hotel in New York City

05/17/1858
The British-born writer, Henry William Herbert, who had settled in New York in the 1830s and wrote under the pen name "Frank Forester," committed suicide in a New York Hotel. The famous poet and writer on sports hunting and fishing had been suffering from melancholy for some time, a trait that his pessimistic observations on the rising tide of commercial values over sporting ones, together with the death of his two wives, had intensified. At the age of fifty-one, he shot himself in the heart. (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 

John Dizikes, "Herbert, Henry William," American National Biography Online, February 2000, http://www.anb.org/articles/19/19-00082.html.

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