copyright 2007 by Douglas Clausen (updated 02 / 19 / 2007)
the works of Marshall Sprague
Western Americana, Colorado, and Colorado Springs history author.
born: Newark, Ohio 1909. Moved to Colorado Springs in the early-1940's.
died: Colorado Springs, Colorado, Sept 9, 1994.
The Business of Getting Well. Crowell Publishing, 1943 Hard Cover. Illustrated by Ervine Metzl. (Written in Colorado Springs while Marshall was recuperating from Tuberculosis. He and his family lived in the now-demolished Hobgoblin Hall at 19 West Boulder Street. This home was also known as the "Catty Clark House" after its builder, Captain James Clark, a secretive, reclusive, retired sea captain who was fond of cats. The house was full of cat doors and secret passageways, and must have been the ideal setting for Marshall to put his literary talents to work.)
King of Cripple Creek. True Magazine, March 1953; first appeared here as a book-length feature.
Money Mountain: The Story of Cripple Creek Gold. Boston: Little, Brown, 1953. xx, 342p. 8vo, hb. illust., maps, ports., end paper maps. reprinted: Lincoln: Univ. of Nebraska, 1979.
Massacre: The Tragedy At White River. Boston: Little, Brown, 1957. 364p., 8vo, hb, illust.
CENTRAL CITY FESTIVALS. CENTRAL CITY OPERA (1957) 38 pp. wraps.
Newport In The Rockies: The Life and Good Times of Colorado Springs. Denver: Sage Books, 1961. 370p., 8vo, brown cloth boards. Illustrated Centennial ed. pub. Chicago: Sage Books, 1971. Reprinted: Athens, OH: Sage, Alan Swallow, 1980, wraps. 8vo, 382pp. revised for the 1980's: Athens, OH: Swallow Press, 1985, wraps, 8vo, 382p; 1987, 4th rev. ed, 366p. revised for the 1990's: Athens, OH: Swallow Press, 1990, wraps, 8vo.
The Great Gates: The Story of the Rocky Mountain Passes. Boston: Little, Brown, 1964. 468p. hb.
A Gallery of Dudes (American West in 19th Century). Boston: Little, Brown & Co. 1967. 8vo, 296p., gold cloth boards with silhouette illustration in oval on the front board. green spine, burgundy text box, gilt titling; 89 Illustrations. Reissue: Univ. of Nebraska Press: Lincoln (1979). Octavo, cloth. 296p.
Healer's In Pikes Peak History. The Denver Westerners Monthly Roundup, December 1967, Volume XXIII, No. 12. 13pp. Denver: The Westerners. in this monthly publication, Sprague discusses his bout with Tuberculosis which led him to move to Colorado Springs in 1941 for "the cure" and his remembrances of the "Cat House." (See The Business of Getting Well, the first entry in this bibliography). He also discusses other aspects and members of the medical profession in early Colorado Springs, including General William Jackson Palmer's friend and business partner, Dr. Webb.
Cheyenne Mountain Ranch--An Uncommon History. Privately printed; n.d. (circa 1970) Colorado Springs stiff wrappers. Map in rear pocket. Illus by sepiatone photos.
One Hundred Plus: A Centennial Story of Colorado Springs. Colorado Springs, CO: Colorado Springs Centennial, Inc., 1971. 92p., illust. paperback. (yellow wraps)
First Century at the First. 1973. Soft Cover. (history of the First National Bank, Colorado Springs.)
So Vast So Beautiful a Land; Louisiana & the Purchase. Boston: Little, Brown, 1974, 396 pp., cloth.
Colorado: A Bicentennial History. New York: Norton; Nashville, TN: American Association For State and Local History, 1976. 204p. illust. hb. (The States and The Nation Series).
EL PASO CLUB: A Century of Friendship 1877- 1977. Colorado Springs, CO: The El Paso Club, 1977. Quarto 85 pages with illustrations. Green and gilt voers, no dj as issued.
CHINOOK: Promise of Spring; Twenty Years of Bookselling on Tejon Street 1959-1979; when folded, an octavo-sized one-piece paper pamphlet, that unfolds into 5 sections, a total of 16 pages of text and photos, including the title page. A publicity pamphlet printed 1979, no publisher or copyright date indicated; an informal history of Dick and Judy Noyes' Chinook Bookshop, purveyors of new books in Colorado Springs. Mr Noyes is past president of the American Booksellers Association.
Greetings From Colorado. Portland, Oregon: Graphic Arts Center Publishing Company, 1988 Hard Cover; a colorful look at Colorado from postcards dating from 1900 to 1950. 112pp.
King of Cripple Creek. Colorado Springs, Friends of the
Pikes Peak Library District, 1994, 95pp.
paperback; ISBN 1-884003-04-4. (Marshall did not live to see this version of his original story published).
May be purchased new by calling the PPLD Friends Bookstore at 719-531-6333, extension 1460.
Sometimes I'm Happy: A Writer's Memoir. Athens, OH:
Swallow Press/Ohio U.1995, hb,
limited edition of 600.
Literary works for which Marshall Sprague contributed the introduction, foreword or other literary work (not as the sole author).
Good Housekeeping Magazine, August 1942. First appearance of The Great Business of Getting Well, by Marshall Sprague. A barely 2-page article concerning Sprague's fight with tuberculosis, this is a first-time-in-print excerpt from his first book The Business Of Getting Well, published by Crowell in 1943.
Rocky Mountain Life, October
entitled Orvis and The Amateurs by Marshall Sprague.
a short piece about the Community Players (aka the Drama Club, and/or The Civic Players), a theatrical group in Colorado Springs, and their professional director Orvis Grout.
Rocky Mountain Life, February 1948. features two-page article Harris of Holiday House by Marshall Sprague. Written about American composer Roy Harris, his wife Johana and their three children when they lived in Colorado Springs. Harris was composer-in-residence at Colorado College and their home, located at 19 West Boulder Street, was given the name "Holiday House" in this article. According to other long-time residents, however, the real name of the former mansion is Hobgoblin Hall. Interestingly, this is the same house where Sprague himself lived, possibly while writing his first book The Business of getting Well, in 1942.
True, The Man's Magazine,March 1953. first time in print, the true book-length feature: The King of Cripple Creek, by Marshall Sprague. This article was re-published as a paperback book by the Friends of the Pikes Peak Library, Colorado Springs, CO., in 1994.
Colorado Wonderland (Souvenir
featuresMarshall Sprague article This is Central City (In Four Parts). Colorado Springs; Colorado Wonderland Magazine, 1954. Special, Extra Edition.
Colorado Wonderland Magazine, August 1954. features Voodoo at Central City by Marshall Sprague, one of the four stories of This Is Central City, featured in the 1954 Special, Extra Edition of this publication.
SAGA. True Adventures For Men
(Magazine). Vol 10, No. 1,
Marshall Sprague article featured, entitled The Kit Carson Nobody Knows.
NY, McFadden Pub., 1955.
Marshall Sprague and others. Colorado: The Colorful Centennial State. Denver: Golden West Pub., 1959. 40p. illustrated in color, with maps; a quarto-sized "tourist" publication in wraps. Sprague's article is The Mountains, and he also wrote additional segments entitled The Coloradoan, The Changing Faces and The Continental Divide.
1960 Brand Book, Volume 16 of the Denver Posse of the Westerners.
Guy Herstrom, editor.
features article by Marshall Sprague entitled Little London and The Bell Memoirs (p 313-337).
The Colorado College Magazine, Fall 1961. Features article about Marshall Sprague and his then-new book Newport In The Rockies. The article is by contributing editor Robert M. Ormes, an equally fine Colorado author.
includes article by Marshall Sprague entitledThe Mountains.
Denver. Golden West Pub. 1961.
Enchanted Central City (Magazine).
articles by prominent Colorado authors and historians, including It Started Here by Marshall Sprague.
Central City. Central City Opera House Association. circa early 1960s. Also included photos by Myron Wood and Louise Pote.
John. The Pikes
Peak People, the Story of America's Most Popular Mountain.
introduction by Marshall Sprague. Caldwell: Caxton Printers. 1966. Octavo, hb. 296p.
Sandra. No More Than Five In A Bed : Colorado Hotels in the Old Days.
foreword by Marshall Sprague. Norman: Univeristy of Oklahoma Press, 1967. pb.
Earl of Dunraven.The Great Divide (Travels in the Upper Yellowstone in the Summer of 1874). introduction by Marshall Sprague. Lincoln: Univ. of Nebraska Press, 1967. First Bison Book Ed., Wraps, Octavo Paperback.
Sprague, Marshall; Draper, Benjamin; Bernet, Milton, et al. Things That Last...When Gold Is Gone, Enchanted Central City. Central City Opera House Association. 1967. 48p. quarto, pict. wraps.
Cutright, Paul Russell; Jackson, Donald; Josephy, Alvin M. Jr.; Peattie, Donald Culross; Ramsdell, Charles; Stewart, George R.; Ross, Nancy Wilson; Carmer, Carl; Andrist, Ralph K.; Hollon, W. Eugene; Nadeau, Remi; Sturgis, Henry; Heinzman, George M.; Magnuson, Warren G.; Crosby, Harry H.; Sprague, Marshall; Halliday, E.M.; and Smith, Helena Huntington.THE AMERICAN HERITAGE BOOK OF GREAT ADVENTURES OF THE OLD WEST. NY: American Heritage Press. 1969. Green cloth boards, Octavo. 384p. illust. with b&w plates.
Sprague, Marshall and others. The Mountain States. Time-Life Books.NY, 1969 hb. Time-Life Library of America. 192p.
Dabney Otis. Land of
Tall Skies: "A Pageant Of The Colorado High Plains"
Introduction by Marshall Sprague. Colorado Springs: Century One Press. 1977. Octavo, wraps. 159p.
Beulah Historical Society. From Mace's Hole, the Way it Was, to Beulah, the Way it is (a Comprehensive History of Beulah, Colorado). introduction by Marshall Sprague. Colorado Springs: Beulah Historical Society/Century One Press, 1979. pb.
Taylor, Josephine. Cooking For Friends and Lovers. introduction by Marshall Sprague. This cookbook was also dedicated to Marshall and his wife E.J. by the author, who happens to be the sister of Mr. Sprague. Printed and copyrighted in 1982 by the author to benefit the Colorado Opera Festival, Colorado Springs. 191pp., white plastic spiral bound with red paper covers.
Farrington R. (Ferry). Confessions of a Maverick: an
Foreword by Marshall Sprague. Denver: Colorado State Historical Society. 1984. Pb. 222p.