Robert Sidney Bowen “Dave Dawson On Guadalcanal” 1943 Book Signed Autograph World War II – Robert Sidney Bowen-“Dave Dawson On Guadalcanal”-1943-Crown Pub-5″ X 8″-246 pages-hardcover book with jacket-Signed By Author.
Robert Sidney Bowen, Jr. (1900-April 11, 1977) was a World War I ace, test pilot, newspaper journalist, magazine editor and author who was born in Boston, Massachusetts and died of cancer in Honolulu, Hawaii at the age of 76.
He is best known for his boys’ series books written during World War II, the Dave Dawson War Adventure Series and the Red Randall Series.
He also worked under the name R. Sidney Bowen and under the pseudonym James Robert Richard.
Bowen turned to writing in 1930, using his prestige as editor-in-chief of Aviation Magazine to write “Flying From The Ground Up,” a non-fiction work on how to fly an airplane.
He began freelancing for pulp magazines. In 1934, he started his own pulp magazine, Dusty Ayres And His Battle Birds, for Popular Publications.
Twelve issues were released, the first eleven published monthly from July 1934 through July 1935, with most issues released monthly.
Bowen continued writing for mystery, adventure, sports, and aviation pulp magazines through the 1950s.
After the invasion of Poland by Germany in 1939 sparked World War II, Crown Publishers called Bowen, asking for an adventure story based on the war.
The Dave Dawson series, also known as the War Adventure series, was the result.
Bowen got to work immediately, and the first book, Dave Dawson At Dunkirk, was published in 1941.
A total of 15 volumes were released between 1941 and 1946.
As of 1945, the series had sold over 2,000,000 copies.
Bowen was earning 2 1/2 cents per copy sold, netting him nearly $10,000 a year.
All volumes, except for the scarce final volume, were subsequently reprinted (with cheaper quality and prices) by Saalfield Publishers in Akron, Ohio.
Inspired by the success of the Dave Dawson books, Crown’s competing publisher Grosset & Dunlap hired Bowen to write a similar series for them.
The Red Randall series debuted in 1944, selling 200,000 copies its first year.
The book has been autographed on the title page by R. Sidney Bowen in blue fountain pen………..BOTH BOOK AND AUTOGRAPH ARE IN NICE CONDITION. JACKET HAS WEAR……………..