Nebraska Authors

Frederic Babcock

Born 1892-10-31 Ord, NE (USA)

Died 1979-05-13
Wheaton, IL (USA)

Babcock was a distinguished journalist who had a long career at the Chicago Tribune, where he was a reporter, travel editor from 1928 to 1942, and founded and edited the Chicago Tribune Magazine of Books from 1942 to 1960. He may be most famous for the article on Al Capone's domination of Chicago that he published in The Nation magazine in 1928. He published three novels, one of which, Hang Up the Fiddle (1954) was loosely based on his experiences as a reporter for the Lincoln Journal, where he worked while he attended the University of Nebraska from 1913 to 1917.

The Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University in Boston, MA has a Frederic Babcock collection.

Places Lived

Columbus, NE
Lincoln, NE
Chicago, IL
Winter Park, FL

Author Of

  • Fiction
  • Journalism


Newspaper Journalism; Novels


Attended University of Nebraska, Lincoln, 1913-1917


Newspaper Editor

Places Worked

Columbus Telegram
Nebraska State Journal renamed The Lincoln Journal
Wyoming State Tribune
Seattle Times
Minneapolis Journal
Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune Magazine of Books


Blood of the Lamb. 1932.
Hang up the Fiddle. 1954.
Lay Down the Sword. 1962.

Numerous book reviews in national magazines, including The New York Times Book Review, Saturday Review, Nation and Christian Century.

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