Stockton, Francis Richard (Frank R. Stockton), 1834–1902, American humorist and story writer, b. Philadelphia. He wrote several children's books including Ting - a - Ling (1870) and The Floating Prince and Other Fairy Tales (1881). Most notable among his many humorous books for adults were Rudder Grange (1879) and its sequels, The Rudder Grangers Abroad (1891) and Pomona's Travels (1894), and the famous title story of The Lady or the Tiger? (1884). His works were collected in 23 volumes (1899–1904).