Frances Courtenay Baylor

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Frances Courtenay Baylor Barnum (January 20, 1848, Fort Smith, Arkansas – October 19, 1920, Winchester, Virginia) was an American author of fiction.

Her father, James Dawson, was an army officer.[1] 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[2] 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.[3]

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)


  1. ^ Wright, H.M. "Frances Courtenay Baylor Barnum". Encyclopedia Virginia. Retrieved October 11, 2011. 
  2. ^ "In Book advertisement". Encyclopedia Virginia. Retrieved October 11, 2011. 
  3. ^ Shinn, Thelma J. "Frances Courtenay Baylor Barnum". Novel guide. Retrieved October 11, 2011. 

Further reading[edit]

  • 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.