An American writer most famous for his stories and novels about the character of Dink Stover, he published such popular titles as The Prodigious Hickey and The Tennessee Shad.
He worked as a World War I correspondent for the New York Times and Collier's magazine.
He campaigned unsuccessfully for a 1936 seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.
He married five times and had five children.
His literary work has sometimes been compared to that of Rudyard Kipling.