Jacqueline Briskin

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Jacqueline Orgell Briskin
Born Jacqueline Orgell
(1927-12-18)18 December 1927
London, England
Died 24 December 2014(2014-12-24) (aged 87)
Pen name Jacqueline Briskin
Occupation Novelist
Language English
Nationality British-American
Period 1970-1995
Genre Historical fiction
Spouse Bertram Norman Briskin (1948-2004)
Children 3

Jacqueline Briskin, née Orgell (18 December 1927 – 24 December 2014) was a British-born American writer specializing in historical fiction from 1970 to 1995. Her books regularly appear on the New York Times bestseller's list. She was a main Selection of the Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club seven times, her novels were translated into 26 languages, and has sold 23,000,000 copies worldwide.[1]

Her husband Bert Briskin was her agent, and one of her sons is Richard Sands.

Biography[edit]

Born Jacqueline Orgell on 18 December 1927 in London, England, the daughter of Marjorie and Spencer Orgell. In 1938, her family moved to United States, and she naturalized in 1944.[2] She attended Beverly Hills High School in Beverly Hills, California and graduated in 1945.

On 9 May 1948, she married Bertram Norman "Bert" Briskin, born 17 February 1922. Her husband was an oil executive, who years later became her agent. They had three children: Ralph Louis Briskin, Elizabeth Ann Briskin, and Richard Paul Briskin (alias Richard Sands).[2] Her husband died of Alzheimer on 16 July 2004.[3]

Briskin sold her first novel in 1970, after which she published other 11 historical novels.

Bibliography[edit]

Single novels[edit]

  • California Generation (1970) - about life in the tumultuous 1960s
  • After love (1974)
  • Decade (1981)
  • Everything and More (1983)
  • Too Much Too Soon (1985)
  • Dreams Are Not Enough (1987) - about the movie business
  • The Naked Heart (1989) - about World War II
  • The Other Side of Love (1991) - about World War II
  • The Crimson Palace (1995)

Van Vliet Family[edit]

  1. Rich Friends (1976)
  2. Paloverde (1978)
  3. The Onyx (1982)

References and sources[edit]

  1. ^ David Colker (2 January 2015). "Jacqueline Briskin dies at 87; homemaker turned bestselling novelist". LA Times. 
  2. ^ a b Contemporary popular writers, Dave Mote, 1996 
  3. ^ Bert Briskin at IMDb, 2012-06-19