Edith Maude Hull
From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Edith Maude Hull (August 16 1880 - February 11, 1947), more commonly known as E. M. Hull, is best-known for her novel The Sheik, published in 1919. This novel is credited with starting the hugely popular "desert-romance" genre. Hull followed The Sheik with subsequent novels The Shadow of the East, The Desert Healer, and The Sons of the Sheik. The novel was adapted for film starring Rudolph Valentino.