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Book - “Rulers of the World at Home: How They Look and How They Live”
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Title: Book - “Rulers of the World at Home: How They Look and How They Live”
Identifier: 979.6.1387
Donor: Geoffrey Sayers
Item Date: 1899
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: A red and white hard covered book of 416 pages entitled "Rulers of the World at Home". The title is in bold print and there is a triangle with a globe and seven arrows (royal sceptres?) emanating from it.

Gilson Willets was born in 1869 in Hempstead, New York and died May 26, 1922 in Los Angeles, California. He was a globetrotting reporter for 25 years who journeyed for three months through India describing a devastating plague and was later a member of the Harriman expedition to the Yucatan. Willets put his varied and often dangerous experiences to good use, penning America's first action serial, the legendary 'The Adventures of Kathlyn' (1913). The first chapterplay to employ a continued-next-week scenario, the 13-chapter 'Selig Polyscope' serial starred Kathlyn Williams, as the daughter of an explorer and collector of wild animals, fighting off various nefarious gentlemen on an expedition to India. It was a major success and began a fad for action serials aimed at adults that would last through the early silent era.Willets went on to pen five additional serials, including four featuring one of the legends of the genre, 'Ruth Roland: Hands Up' (1915), 'The Adventures of Ruth' (1919), 'The Tiger's Tail' (1919), and 'Ruth of the Range' (1923) which was his first major screen credit. REF: visited Jan. 4, 2008.
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