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Arthur H. Scribner


Centurion, 1893–1932

Full Name Arthur Hawley Scribner

Born 15 March 1859 in New York (Manhattan), New York

Died 3 July 1932 in Mount Kisco, New York

Buried Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, New York

Proposed by William W. Appleton and Edward L. Burlingame

Elected 4 March 1893 at age thirty-three

Archivist’s Note: Brother of Charles Scribner and J. Blair Scribner; uncle of Charles Scribner

Century Memorial

Arthur Hawley Scribner was almost the last survivor of the group of New York publishers, now sadly decimated, whose widely varying personality, method, and field of specialized activity reflected the common purpose of promoting only the best literature while seeking out and encouraging the younger literary aspirants whose work had signs of promise. Like many of his contemporary New York fellow-craftsmen, he carried on the traditions of a family, adapting them to the inevitable changes that came with the changing current of ideas in the reading world. Personally modest and retiring, Arthur’s repute with the literary world was overtopped by that of his older and more aggressive brother Charles. But Arthur had no unimportant part in the Scribners’ presentation to American audiences of Barrie, Meredith, Stevenson and Galsworthy, their popularization of the native Thomas Nelson Page, Richard Harding Davis, John Fox and the Van Dykes [Henry and Paul], Princeton University has still other memories of Arthur Scribner. Always industrious in advancing the interests of his Alma Mater, its administrators testify to the “comfortable feeling” entertained regarding him, that in any undertaking in the University’s behalf they could count on his loyal participation.

Alexander Dana Noyes
1933 Century Association Yearbook