The Seats of the Mighty

The Seats of the Mighty is a novel published in 1896 by Gilbert Parker. It was first published in serial form in The Atlantic starting in March 1895, and released in book form in 1896. It was the third highest best-selling book in the United States in 1896.[1]

It is a historical novel depicting the English conquest of Quebec with James Wolfe and the Marquis de Montcalm as two of the characters.

It was adapted into a play by late 1896[2] and a silent film in 1914 starring Lionel Barrymore.


  1. Hackett, Alice Payne. Seventy Years of Best Sellers 1895-1965, p. 92 (1967) (the lists for 1895-1912 in this volume are derived from the lists published in The Bookman (New York))
  2. (28 November 1896). THE SEATS OF THE MIGHTY; Gilbert Parker's Play Produced in Washington by H. Beerbohm Tree, The New York Times
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