Illustration from Kyne's The Pride of PalomarAround 1910 Kyne begun to get his short stories published, first in the Saturday Evening Post, then additionally in Cosmopolitan, American Magazine, Sunset and Collier's. The first of his novels (The Three Godfathers) appeared in 1913.
One of his most successful novels, The Valley of the Giants (1918), was based on personal experiences in the California redwood lumber industry ("'I'm not going to cut the timber in this valley. I haven't the heart to destroy God's most wonderful handiwork."). Kyne credited his book with alerting the public to the threat of lumbering to California's redwoods. Valley, like many of Kyne's stories, was later made into a movie. The Pride of Palomar is set in early 1920s California, describing the brutal and discriminatory treatment of Japanese people and fights over land ownership. For a short time in 1938 Kyne was employed by MGM. In 1940, Dude Woman, the last of his novels, appeared. Kyne died on November 25, 1957, in San Francisco.
Some other illustrations from Peter Kyne books: