Gwen Bristow

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Gwen Bristow

Gwen Bristow (September 16, 1903 in Marion, South Carolina – August 17, 1980 in New Orleans, Louisiana) was an American author and journalist. She was inducted into the Alabama Women's Hall of Fame in 1989.[1]

Bristow became interested in writing while reporting junior high school functions for her local newspaper. After studying at Columbia University, she wrote for a number of literary magazines and journals. Eventually, she moved to New Orleans, and worked at the Times-Picayune. She became interested in longer forms of writing—novels and short stories—through her husband, screenwriter Bruce Manning, and published her first novel in 1929. Bristow reached the pinnacle of her career with the western romance Jubilee Trail, which became a bestseller in 1950, and was adapted to a moderately successful film in 1954. She continued to write novels and articles for magazines until her death in 1980.[2]


  • The Alien, and Other Poems (1926)
  • The Invisible Host (1930), with Bruce Manning, later republished as The Ninth Guest
  • The Gutenberg Murders (1931), with Bruce Manning
  • The Mardi Gras Murders (1932), with Bruce Manning
  • Two and Two Make Twenty-two (1932), with Bruce Manning
  • "Plantation Trilogy":
    • Deep Summer (1937), ISBN 0-89966-025-8
    • The Handsome Road (1938), ISBN 0-89966-028-2
    • This Side of Glory (1940), ISBN 0-89966-026-6
  • Gwen Bristow (1940), autobiography
  • Tomorrow Is Forever (1943), ISBN 0-89966-027-4
  • Jubilee Trail (1950), ISBN 1-55652-601-6
  • Celia Garth (1959), ISBN 1-877853-58-5
  • Calico Palace (1970), ISBN 0-671-82471-6, set in 1848-1851 San Francisco
  • From Pigtails to Wedding Bells (1978), ISBN 0-89137-811-1, non-fiction
  • Golden Dreams (1980), ISBN 0-690-01678-6


  1. ^ "Inductees". Alabama Women's Hall of Fame. State of Alabama. Retrieved February 20, 2012.
  2. ^ Lewis, Nghana (Winter 2002–2003). "She'll take her stand: Gwen Bristow's neo-agrarianism and visions of modernity". Mississippi Quarterly. 56 (1): 77–104.CS1 maint: Date format (link)