DeRyee, Charles William (1886–1917)

By: Frank Wagner

Type: Biography

Published: December 1, 1994

Charles William DeRyee, writer, the son of Charles H. DeRyee, the discoverer of the boll weevil in Texas, was born in August 1886 in Corpus Christi. He was educated in public schools at Corpus Christi and by his father and grandfather. He wrote freelance pieces for Corpus Christi newspapers before going to San Francisco, where he was employed on the Examiner. After the death of Bret Harte, he became editor of the literary magazine Overland Monthly and wrote a novel, Truth Unadorned (1916). DeRyee also composed humorous verse. His brilliant conversation, broad knowledge of literature, and sparkling wit made him popular in the literary circles of San Francisco; Bret Harte, Douglas Fairbanks, and Jack London were particular friends. His novel Coyote o' the Rio Grande was made into a motion picture in 1917, produced by Fine Arts Film Company and featuring Bessie Love and Douglas Fairbanks. DeRyee married Mabel Carlson in 1914 in San Francisco. He died there of pneumonia on October 2, 1917.

San Francisco Examiner, October 3, 1917.


  • Journalism
  • Writers, Authors, Publications, and Literature
  • Literature
  • Publications, Journals, and Magazines
  • Journals and Publications
  • Newspapers
  • Editors and Reporters
  • Dramatists and Novelists
  • Fiction
  • Scholars, Editors, and Critics
  • Visual Arts
  • Photography
  • Printmaking

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Frank Wagner, “DeRyee, Charles William,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed December 05, 2021,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

December 1, 1994