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Walter Vodges (1894?-1935) worked as a journalist for newspapers in San Francisco and Philadelphia before settling in New York in 1922. In 1917, he published a profile of Charlie Chaplin for the Los Angeles Times, which also included an interview with Chaplin by Vodges (also sometimes spelled "Vogdes"). He also contributed articles and reviews to The Bookman and other periodicals, including American Magazine and The Nation. Vodges's 1929 novel, A Great Man, takes place in San Francisco during the California gold rush. In 1935, a few months before his death, Vodges left his job as an associate editor for the Hearst Corporation's King Features Syndicate to be the editor of True Detective Stories magazine, a division of the Macfadden Publications' "True Stories" series. Vodges often wrote for Macfadden magazines under the pen names Nigel Trast and Hubert Dale.
Walter Vodges's "Horace Traubel" in American Magazine (November 1913)
Horace Traubel's monumental nine-volume biography, With Walt Whitman in Camden, was published over the course of nine years (1906-1914) and was based upon his daily interviews with the poet in the last years of Whitman's life. Whitman was a favorite writer of many of the visitors to Frank Shay's bookshop; Shay himself wrote and published the first book-length bibliography of his works in 1920.