A graduate of Cornell University, Modell travelled extensively in her younger years, and, up to 1933, lived in Germany. Back in the United States, after marriage and motherhood (she had a son, John Modell), she published her first short story in 1941 and afterwards started to write novels as well. Films were made of The Nanny (1965), which starred Bette Davis, and Bunny Lake Is Missing (also 1965) had Laurence Olivier in the lead.
Maria DiBattista (Princeton University): "Afterword". In: Evelyn Piper: Bunny Lake Is Missing (Femmes Fatales: Women Write Pulp) (The Feminist Press at The City University of New York: New York, 2004) 198-219 (ISBN 1-55861-474-5).