Frances Noyes Hart

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Frances Noyes Hart
circa 1913
Frances Newbold Noyes

(1890-08-01)August 1, 1890
DiedOctober 25, 1943(1943-10-25) (aged 53)
SpouseEdward H. Hart
ChildrenAnn Hart Thayer, Janet Hart Golden
ParentFrank Brett Noyes
RelativesCrosby Stuart Noyes (grandfather)
AwardsGrand Prix de Littérature Policière

Frances Newbold Noyes Hart (August 1890 – October 25, 1943) was an American writer whose short stories were published in Scribner's magazine, the Saturday Evening Post, the Ladies' Home Journal.[1]


She was born as Frances Newbold Noyes on August 10, 1890[2] to Frank Brett Noyes and Janet Thurston Newbold.[3] During World War I, she served as a translator with the Navy and as a canteen worker in France (see her book My AEF: A Hail and Farewell). She married lawyer Edward H. Hart in 1921.[1] She died in 1943.[4][5]

In 1948, Noyes' book The Bellamy Trial won the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière International Prize, the most prestigious award for crime and detective fiction in France.[6]


  • Mark (1913)
  • My A.E.F.--A Hail and Farewell (1920)
  • "Contact" – Pictorial Review, December 1920 (second prize, O Henry Award, 1920). Repr. Contact and Other Stories (1923)
  • The Bellamy Trial (1927) [7] – Included on the Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone List
  • Hide in the Dark (1929)
  • Pigs in Clover (1931)
  • (with Frank E. Carstarphen) "The Bellamy Trial: A Play in Three Acts" (1931)
  • The Crooked Lane (1934)


  1. ^ a b "Frances Noyes Hart". Retrieved 2008-12-12. Following the publication of many short stories in Scribner's magazine, the Saturday Evening Post, the Ladies' Home Journal, and a collection of them titled Contact and Other Stories (1923), Hart became famous for Pulitzer Prize-winning The Bellamy Trial (1927), which was serialized in the Saturday Evening Post, published in book form, and later dramatized. According to Julian Symons, the original publication of this book marked the start of serialized novels replacing short crime stories as commercial articles.
  2. ^ Frances Noyes Hart family
  3. ^ Janet Thurston Newbold family
  4. ^ "Frances N. Hart, Fiction writer. Daughter of Frank B. Noyes, the Publisher, Dies. Noted for Detective Stories". The New York Times. October 26, 1943. Retrieved 2008-12-13. Mrs. Frances Noyes Hart, well known writer of detective fiction and a daughter of Frank B. Noyes ...
  5. ^ "Mrs. E.H. Hart Dies in N.Y. Author, Publisher's Daughter". The Washington Post. October 26, 1943. Retrieved 2008-12-13. Mrs. Frances Noyes Hart, daughter of Frank B. Noyes, publisher of the Star, and wife of Edward H. Hart, died unexpectedly yesterday in New York. She was 53 years old. Funeral services, the date for which has not been announced, will be private.
  6. ^ (in French) Guide des Prix littéraires, online ed. Le Rayon du Polar. Synopsis of French prizes rewarding French and international crime literature, with lists of laureates for each Prize. Grand Prix de littérature policière: pp. 18–36.
  7. ^ New York Times Movie Review, 1929

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