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About Vaughn Kester
Vaughan or Vaughn Kester (September 12, 1869 – July 4, 1911) was a U.S. novelist and journalist.
He was the elder brother of dramatist and author Paul Kester (1870–1933).
His style and topics were influenced by his travels through western and southern U.S., and by his mother's cousin William Dean Howells. His novel, "The Manager of the B & A," was made into a film in 1916 directed by J.P. McGowan, with Leo Maloney and Helen Holmes, reissued in 1921 as "The Man from Medicine Hat." He married Jessie B. Jennings from Mount Vernon, Ohio on August 31, 1898. They had no children.
In 1902, with his brother, he purchased and renovated Woodlawn Plantation. From 1907, he lived at Gunston Hall, where he wrote The Prodigal Judge, and where he died.
He was a staff member of Cosmopolitan Magazine, International Literary and News Syndicates, and Irvington-on-Hudson. He moved to New York in 1892 and lived there until 1900, when he moved to Virginia taking up residence at Woodlawn Mansion, originally part of George Washington's, Mount Vernon estate. His number two best-selling novel, "The Prodigal Judge" (1911), was released after his untimely death. . His other works include "Manager of the B&A" (1901), "The Fortune of the Landrays" (1905), "The Just and Unjust" (1912), and "The Hand of the Mighty" (1913). Three of his works have been adapted to film; the most widely distributed being "The Prodigal Judge" (1922), starring Maclyn Arbuckle. He died in Gunston Hall mansion after being ill for several months with throat cancer. He survived three operations at George Washington Hospital in Washington, D.C. and was released to spend his final days with his family. (bio by: MiKester)