Biography and History

Hugh MacNair Kahler was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on 25 February 1883. He was the son of Frederick A. and Margaret Torbert (MacNair) Kahler. In 1904 he graduated from Princeton University. Kahler married Louise Kingsley on 15 October 1907; together they had one daughter, Kingsley.

Kahler wrote The Collector's Whatnot: A Compendium, Manual, and Syllabus of Information and Advice on All Subjects Appertaining to the Collection of Antiques, Both Ancient and Not So Ancient (1923) both under a pseudonym (Murgatroyd Elphinstone) and in collaboration with Booth Tarkington and Kenneth Lewis Roberts, who also used assumed names (Cornelius Obenchain Van Loot and Milton Kilgallen, respectively). Other published works by Kahler include the novels MacIvor's Folly (1925), Father Means Well (1930), Big Pink (1932), and Bright Danger (1941), as well as the short story collections Babel (1921), The East Wind and Other Stories (1923), and Hills Were Higher Then (1931). Two of Kahler's short stories became motion pictures: The Six Best Cellars (1920) and Fools First (1922).

From 1943 to 1960 Kahler was the fiction editor at Ladies' Home Journal. He contributed over a hundred stories to periodicals such as American, Collier's, Country Gentleman, and Saturday Evening Post.

Kahler died on 10 July 1969; he was eighty-six years old.

Source: From the finding aid for C0042