Byrd Spilman Dewey was one of Florida’s most important authors of the pioneer era. She and husband Fred S. Dewey arrived in 1887 to what would become Palm Beach County. The Deweys built several homes in the area, and Fred Dewey served in various public offices. The Deweys founded the Town of Boynton in 1898 from land Mrs. Dewey purchased in 1892. Mrs. Dewey wrote for national magazines and newspapers nationwide. She was the first newspaper columnist in South Florida, writing her column The Sitting Room in 1891. In 1899, Little Brown published her bestseller Bruno, the story of the Dewey’s dog which takes place in their early Florida years.


THE COLLECTED WORKS OF BYRD SPILMAN DEWEY – Paperback –  Amazon- click here
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The Collected Works book includes Mrs. Dewey’s three novels, Bruno, From Pine Woods to Palm Groves, and The Blessed Isle. This volume also includes her magazine articles and noted newspaper columns. Bruno was a New York Times bestseller and remained in print for more than twenty years. This beloved dog story will warm the hearts of anyone fond of our dog friends.






PIONEERING PALM BEACH – The Deweys and the South Florida Frontier – Paperback  – Amazon – click here
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This biography of the Deweys has won two prestigious awards including the Gold Medal for nonfiction from the Florida Authors and Publishers Association. Read their fascinating story of pioneering in Florida and how they discovered the paradise of the Palm Beaches. The book served as the inspiration of The Ben hotel in West Palm Beach.







BRUNO – paperback – Amazon – click here

Bruno, published in 1899, was a New York Times bestselling book. Mrs. Dewey tells the story of her beloved dog Bruno and how he accompanied her and husband Fred on their adventurous move to Florida in 1881. Byrd Spilman Dewey becomes Judith, and her husband becomes Julius in this autobiography of their early days in the wilds of Florida.















Gold Medal - Florida Nonfiction

Gold Medal – Florida Nonfiction

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