Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Opie Percival Read (1852-1939)

Printer, writer and humorist, Opie Read was a popular novelist and short story writer. He was born in Nashville, Tennessee, but lived for most of his professional life in Chicago, Illinois. Read attended Neophogen College in Gallatin, Tennessee. Before moving to Illinois, he was the editor of the Statesville Argus (KY), the Bowling Green Pantograph, the Courier-Journal (Louisville), the Evening Post (Little Rock), the Gazette (Little Rock), and the Arkansas Traveler.

Selected Bibliography

The Jucklins (fiction), 1895
My Young Master (fiction), 1896
Len Gansett (fiction), 1888
I Remember (memoir), 1930

Selected Links

Read’s bio at the Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture:…

Read’s works at