A. S. M. Hutchinson (1879 - 1971)
Arthur Stuart-Menteth Hutchinson (1879–1971) was a British novelist. Frequently referred to as A.S.M. Hutchinson, was born 2 June 1879 in India. His father was a distinguished soldier and his mother was a member of the Stuart Menteths, a noble Scottish family. A.S.M Hutchinson wrote romance and family novels as well as short stories for publications such The Sphere Magazine. His best-selling novel, If Winter Comes, was in many aspects ahead of its time, dealing with an unhappy marriage, eventual divorce, and an unwed mother who commits suicide. According to the New York Times, "If Winter Comes" was the best-selling book in the United States for all of 1922. The following year, Fox Film Corporation made it into a motion picture of the same name directed by Harry F. Millarde. In 1922, his book This Freedom was published to controversy, seen by the women's rights movement as an anti-feminist novel. G. K. Chesterton, however, suggested that "while the story might be criticized, the criticisms can certainly be criticized." In any case, This Freedom proved to be highly successful and was ranked by the New York Times as the 7th best-selling book in the United States for 1923 and the 6th best for all of 1924. The next year, Hutchinson had another success with One Increasing Purpose that was the 10th best-selling book of 1925. In 1930, he was so thrilled by the birth of his son he wrote a book about it called the Book of Simon. He died in 1971 in Uckfield, Sussex, England.
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