James Oliver Curwood

James Oliver Curwood was born in Owosso on June 12, 1878, and lived here most of his life.  Writing and love of nature were his boyhood interests, and by 1908 Curwood was earning most of his living as a novelist.  Most of his stories were adventure tales set in the Canadian North, where the author spent much of his time.  During the 1920s his books were among the most popular in North America, and many were made into movies.  The Castle, built in 1922, was his writing studio, and a number of his latter works were composed in the tower, overlooking the Shiawassee River.  Curwood became a zealous conservationist, and in 1926 he was appointed to the Michigan Conservation Commission.  He died at his nearby home on Williams Street on August 13, 1927.*
*From Curwood Castle's Michigan Historical Sites Marker
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Curwood Castle Museum
Open to the public, 1-5 p.m. daily except Monday
224 Curwood Castle Drive
Owosso, Michigan
Tel. (989) 723-2155 or (989) 725-0599
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James Oliver Curwood Books

 1908	The Courage of Captain Plum	1920	The Valley of Silent Men
 1908	The Wolf Hunters		1921	God's Country - The Trail to Happiness
 1909	The Great Lakes			1921	The Golden Snare
 1909	The Gold Hunters		1921	The Flaming Forest
 1910	The Danger Trail		1922	The Country Beyond
 1911	The Honor of the Big Snows	1923	The Alaskan			
 1911	Philip Steele			1924	A Gentleman of Courage
	(Steele of the Royal Mounted)	1925	The Ancient Highway
 1912	The Flower of the North		1926	Swift Lightning
 1913	Isobel				1926	The Black Hunter	
 1914	Kazan				1928	The Plains of Abraham	
 1915	God's Country and the Woman	1929	The Crippled Lady of Peribonka	
 1916	The Hunted Woman		1930	Green Timber
 1916	The Grizzly King		1930	Son of the Forests
 1917	Barec, Son of Kazan			(Edited version of his Autobiography)	
 1918	The Courage of Marge O'Doone	1931	Falkner of the Inland Seas
 1919	Nomads of the North		1983	The Glory of the Living (Autobiography -
 1919	The River's End 			reprinted as written and published in
 1920	Back to God's Country			England in the late 1920s)

James Oliver Curwood Movies

  • Back to God's Country (1919) (novel)
  • Back to God's Country (1953) (novel)
  • Blood of the Hunter (1995) (novel)
  • Call of the Klondike (1950) (story)
  • Call of the Yukon (1938) (novel Swift Lightning)
  • Country Beyond, The (1936) (story)
  • Kazan (1949)
  • Nikki, Wild Dog of the North (1961) (novel)
  • Ours, L' (1989) (novel The Grizzly King)
            ... aka The Bear (1989)
  • River's End (1930) (story)
  • River's End, The (1920) (story)
  • Rough Ridin' Rhythm (1938)
  • Silver Trail, The (1938)
  • Snow Dog (1950)
  • Song of the Trail (1936)
  • Timber War (1936)
  • Trail Beyond, The (1934) (novel The Wolf Hunters)
  • Trails of the Wild (1936)
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