Frances Courtenay Baylor
|Frances Courtenay Baylor|
January 20, 1848 |
|Died||October 19, 1920 (72 years, 8 months)|
|Occupation||Novelist, short story writer|
Her father, James Dawson, was an army officer. The family moved frequently during Frances's childhood. While a teen her parents divorced and Frances began using her mother's maiden name, Baylor.
In 1885 she published her first novel On Both Sides. The book was well received as an "international novel" as it told of life in America and England. Baylor had previously lived in England with her mother and sister's family.
In 1896 Frances married George Barnum, who died shortly after they were wed. After his death she moved to Winchester, Virginia, where she spent the remainder of her life.
- On Both Sides (1885)
- Behind the Blue Ridge (1887)
- Juan and Juanita (1888)
- A Shocking Example, and Other Sketches (1889)
- Claudia Hyde (1894)
- Miss Nina Barrow (1897)
- The Ladder of Fortune (1899)
- A Georgian Bungalow (1900)
- Gordon, Amistead Virginia Writers of Fugitive Verse. New York: James T. White, 1922.
- Mishler, Catherine T. "Baylor, Frances Courtenay." Edited by John T. Kneebone, J. Jefferson Looney, Brent Tarter, and Sandra Gioia Treadway. Vol. I of The Dictionary of Virginia Biography. Richmond, VA: The Library of Virginia, 1998.
- Taylor, Welford D. Virginia Authors Past and Present. Richmond, VA: Association of Teachers of English, 1972.