Herbert was not only America’s first sporting writer, he was also one of America’s first professional writers, in that he attempted, from about 1839 until his suicide in 1858, to make his living wholly by his pen. Therefore, in addition to his serious fiction and his more successful sporting writings, which are profiled elsewhere on this site, Herbert also wrote a substantial number of works of formula fiction hurriedly and just for the income it produced. The titles in the following list give a fair indication of their subjects:
Ringwood the Rover, A Tale Of Florida. Philadelphia:
William H. Graham, 1843.
The Village Inn: Or The Adventures of Bellechassaigne. A Romance. New York: J. Winchester, …