The Crossing (Churchill novel)

The Crossing
AuthorWinston Churchill
CountryUnited States
Publication date
May 1904
Media typePrint (hardcover)

The Crossing is a 1904 best-selling novel by American writer Winston Churchill. It was the best-selling novel in the United States in 1904,[1] and includes illustrations by Sydney Adamson and Lilian Bayliss. A portion of the book first appeared in December 1903 in Collier's under the title The Borderland.[2]

The last of Churchill's sweeping historical novels, the plot concerns the westward expansion of the United States, including the settlement of Kentucky.[3]

A stage adaptation written by Churchill and Louis Evan Shipman (who had also worked on the stage adaptation of The Crisis) debuted in 1905 and briefly ran on Broadway in January 1906 for eight performances.[4][5][6] One commentator summed up the play's short run as one that "very soon met with disaster."[5]


  1. ^ Hackett, Alice Payne. Seventy Years of Best Sellers 1895-1965, p. 100 (1967) (the lists for 1895-1912 in this volume are derived from the lists published in The Bookman (New York))
  2. ^ American first editions, p. 108 (1962)
  3. ^ Corbin, John (May 28, 1904). "The Crossing." A New Historical American Novel by the Author of "Richard Carvel.", The New York Times
  4. ^ (January 2, 1906). Another Book Play: Winston Churchill's "The Crossing" as Conventional Melodrama, The New York Times
  5. ^ a b Briscoe, Johnson. The actors' birthday book, p. 176 (1907)
  6. ^ Plays of the Month, The Theatre (January 1906)

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