Robert James Campbell Stead (1880-1959) was a Canadian author. He began a weekly newspaper in Cartwright in 1899, at the age of 18 years. His first book, The Empire Builders and Other Poems was published in 1908 and for the next 23 years, until 1931, he continued a steady flow of novels, short stories and books of verse, which enriched the portraiture of Canadian prairie life. His works include: Prairie Born and Other Poems (1911), Songs of the Prairie (1911), The Bail Jumper (1914), The Homesteader: A Novel of the Canadian West (1916), Kitchener and Other Poems (1917), The Cow Puncher (1918), Why Don't They Cheer? (1918), Dennison Grant: A Novel of To-day (1920), Neighbours (1922), The Smoking Flax (1924), Zen of the Y. D. (1925), Grain (1926), The Copper Disc (1931), Words (1945) and The Maple's Praise of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1882-1945 (1945).