in the Detroit Free Press, entitled ‘A Son of Issachar,’ of which Mr. Brooks
said: ‘It was written to see if a religious novel would have a chance with a secular public, and the result easily proved that such was possible.
I maintained, as is seen in the case of “Ben Hur
,” that there is no ground so favorable for a real romance as Bible history.’
was a member of the Authors' Club of New York, which includes the leading authors of the country, and also of several historical societies.
At the time of his death he was first vice-president
of the Somerville Historical Society.
While his writings were very widely read, he was of a retiring disposition, and evinced a strong dislike of notoriety and display.
He received the honorary degree of master of arts from Tufts College in 1887.
He leaves a wife and two daughters, the Misses Geraldine
and Christine Brooks, both of whom resided with their distinguished father.
Miss Geraldine Brooks
has already made a mark in historical literature, having published two volumes.
died Tuesday morning, January 7, 1902, at his home, 44 Walnut street. Funeral services were held on the following Thursday
at 2 o'clock. In the large gathering of friends present were men and women prominent in literary walks of life.
The services were conducted by the Rev. William H. Pierson
, pastor of the First Unitarian church, and included reading from the Scriptures, the reading of extracts from Mr. Brooks
' works, and prayer.
Among the floral tributes were those from the Somerville Historical Society, and a wreath of violets and roses ‘from a few of the many Somerville
boys who loved his books.’
After the services the remains were taken to Mount Auburn
The pall-bearers were Irving Bacheller
, Frank Hoyt
, Henry Morill
, the last two representing the Lothrop company, and Arthur T. Kidder
, of Somerville
The following is from the tribute of Sam Walter Foss
It appeared in the Somerville Journal
for January 10, and our biographical sketch of Mr. Brooks
is also quoted from that paper:—