Geraldine Fleming was a house name for Street & Smith and is not the name of an actual person. Various writers wrote under this name, including Thomas W. Hanshew, better known at the time for his detective stories and John Russell Coryell (Cox 105). Coryell was also well-known as a writer of detective fiction. He was the creator of one of Street & Smith’s most popular characters and “authors,” Nick Carter. Street & Smith kept the fact that he wrote women’s stories a secret, fearing it would damage their credibility with their male readers if it was discovered that Coryell was a romance writer as well. But Coryell wrote popular romances and later he turned entirely to writing women’s stories.


Dreadful Legacy, or, When Hearts Are True. New York: Street & Smith, 1903.
False. New York: Street & Smith, n.d.
For a Flirt’s Love. New Eagle Series No. 1171. New York: Street & Smith, 1908.
His Love For Her. New Eagle Series No. 1248. New York: Street & Smith, 1905.
How He Won Her, and A False Friend. New York, N.L. Munro, n.d.
Is Love Worthwhile? or The Romance of the Cotton Spinner. New York: Street & Smith, n.d.
Little Eva. New York. 1878.
Love At the Loom. Or Her Gallant Sweetheart. New York: Street & Smith, 1895.
Loved at Last. New York: N.L. Munro, 1899.
Master of Her Fate. New Eagle Series No. 1105. New York: Street & Smith, 1898.
Only a Girl’s Love. New York: Street & Smith, 1897.
Only a Working Girl. New York: N.L. Munro, 1895.
Sadia the Rosebud. [Edwards, Julia.] New York, Street & Smith, 1891. [Julia Edwards is another of John Coryell’s pen names.]
Trixie’s Honor. New Eagle Series No. 1178. New York: Street & Smith, 1894.
Was He Worth It? or, The Romance of a Cotton Spinner. New York: Street & Smith, 1897.
Wild Margaret. New York: International Book Company, 1885. [This story is bound with Mrs. Alex McVeigh Miller’s A Dreadful Temptation.]

Note on the titles: Most of these titles are not held by libraries, not even the Library of Congress, which as a copyright depository should have all of them. Most of the titles on this list were provided by booksellers who specialize in nineteenth-century popular fiction.


Cox, Randolf. The Dime Novel Companion. Westport, Ct.: Greenwood Press, 2000.

Ranta, Judith. Women and Children of the Mills: An Annotated Guide to Nineteenth-Century American Textile Factory Literature. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1999. [This list includes references for the Geraldine Fleming stories that are centered on working girls.]