Whit Wellman

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Whit Wellman
Whit Wellman - portrait, c. 1937.jpg

Photo accompanying Worlds Within article, c. 1937

Born 14 October 1896(1896-10-14)
San Francisco, California
Died 7 February 1954 (57)
Carmel Highlands, Monterey Co., California [1][2]
Alma mater Stanford University (1920)
Spouse(s) Olga K. Swanson (m. 1936; dv. 1949)

Whittier "Whit" Will Wellman (October 14, 1896 - February 7, 1954) was an American author and poet who contributed to a variety of national magazines and California newspapers.

Selected Bibliography


  • Wellman, W. W. (Jan. 1936), "The Magic Benaga", Top-Notch (Street & Smith Pub.) 
  • Wellman, Whittier W. (Aug. 1936), "Trouble Raced South", Top-Notch (Street & Smith Pub.) 
  • Wellman, Whit (Oct. 1938), "The Cave of Souls", Thrilling Adventures (Standard Magazines) 
  • Wellman, Whit (June 1939), "Filming Spirits of the 'Dead'", True Mystic Science (Continental News): 18-21 
  • Wellman, Whit (July 1939), "Filming Spirits of the 'Dead' (Conclusion)", True Mystic Science (Continental News): 42-46 


Wellman was a syndicated columnist in the Five Star Weekly (1935-'37), a magazine supplement distributed with a variety of California newspapers. These included recurring columns' entitled Over the Captain's Coffee Cup: Travel Tales from Everywhere, Reminiscences of a Rover, and Worlds Within, as well as feature stories and works of short fiction.

Feature Stories

Short Fiction

  • Wellman, Whit (July-Sept. 1936), "The Emerald Buddha", Five Star Weekly  — serialised in 8 chapters
  • Wellman, Whit (Dec. 1936), "Tiger! Tiger!", Five Star Weekly 


  1. "Body Found In Ashes of Cabin Blaze", The Californian (Salinas, CA): 1, 8 Feb. 1954,, "Body of a man believed to be Whit Wellman, a freelance writer, was found this morning in the ashes of a cabin fire at the Carmel Highlands, Coroner Elmer Machado said today. The fire which broke out about 11:30 o'clock last night burned the cabin to the ground at the end of Highlands avenue. Mr. Machado said the writer was believed to be living in the cabin and the body is presumed to be Mr. Wellman's. The body was discovered about 10:30 a.m. today by Dr. H. J. Templeton who lives nearby, according to the Monterey county sheriff's substation." 
  2. "Identify Man Killed In Fire Near Carmel", Santa Cruz Sentinel: 10, 10 Feb. 1954,, "Wellman, recently a free-lance writer, had lived over the garage which formed a wing of the house owned by Miss Ann Cattell. It burned late Sunday, several hours after he was last seen entering a cab in Carmel. Wellman was employed by the family firm, Wellyman-Peck Co., before moving here 15 years ago. He was born in Alameda and attended Stanford University. His wife died in 1952."