Charles Warren Stoddard (1843-1909) was an American author. He began writing verses, which he sent anonymously to a local newspaper. They met with great success and were later published with the modest title Poems by Charles Warren Stoddard. In 1864 he visited the South Sea Islands and from there wrote his Idyls - letters which he sent to a friend who had them published in book form. He made four other trips to the South Sea Islands, and gave his impressions in Lazy Letters from Low Latitudes and The Island of Tranquil Delights (1904). He visited Molokai several times, and wrote his interesting little book, The Lepers of Molokai (1885). In 1873 he started on a long tour as special correspondent of the San Francisco Chronicle. He travelled over Europe and went as far east as Palestine and Egypt. He sent considerable matter to his newspaper, much of which was never reprinted, though some of it was among his best work. His other works include: Over the Rocky Mountains to Alaska (1899), In the Footprints of the Padres (1902) and A Bit of Old China (1912).