Ruth Cranston

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Ruth Cranston
Anne Warwick 1911.jpg
Photograph of Cranston as "Anne Warwick" in April 1911 issue of The Bookman
Born November 14, 1887
Cincinnati, Ohio
Died April 2, 1956
New York City
Occupation Writer
Parent(s) Earl Cranston and Laura A. (Martin) Cranston

Ruth Cranston (November 14, 1887 – April 2, 1956)[1] was an American author and lecturer on religion and other subjects.

A daughter of Methodist Bishop Earl Cranston, Ruth Cranston was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. She was taught by tutors in France and Switzerland, and traveled frequently with her family on her father's missionary work. She returned to the United States for college, and graduated from Goucher College in 1908.[2] While in college she wrote three articles on what women can do after graduation, which were published in The Delineator. She then went to travel abroad, first to Vienna, where she penned some articles for American publications.[3]

Turning to writing novels, she proceeded to publish a number of novels under the pseudonym Anne Warwick,[4] including seven novels by 1915.[5] Her first novel, Compensation (1911), caused a stir in Washington, D.C. social circles.[6][7] She married William Bleecher Newlin in London in July 1911.[8] Her last Warwick book was published in 1918.

Cranston returned to the United States in 1919, after working for close to a year with the Red Cross, and by this time apparently divorced.[9] She later worked in Geneva for ten years promoting international cooperation movements.

Her books published under her own name, which came in her later years, focused on non-fiction and religious subjects, including a biography of Woodrow Wilson (Cranston had gone to college to Wilson's daughters), a history of major religions (World Faith),[10] and The Miracle of Lourdes (1955) about the Our Lady of Lourdes shrine.

She lived in Sierra Madre, California in her later years, and died at St. Luke's Hospital on April 2, 1956, while on a lecture tour. Her New York Times obituary did not mention her early writings as Anne Warwick.[2]

The Miracle of Lourdes was last reissued, in an expanded version, in 1988.

Selected bibliography[edit]

  • The League That Did Not Fail (1944)
  • The Story of Woodrow Wilson (1945)
  • World Faith: The Story of the Religions of the United Nations (1946)
  • What We All Believe (1951)
  • The Miracle of Lourdes (1955)

As "Anne Warwick"[edit]

  • Compensation (1911)[7]
  • Mastering Flame (1911) (first published anonymously)[11]
  • The Unknown Woman (1912)[12][13]
  • Ashes of Incense (1912) (first published anonymously)[14]
  • The Meccas of the World (1913)[15] (Title in England: My Cosmopolitan Year, published anonymously)
  • Victory Law (1914)
  • The Chalk Line (1915)
  • The Unpretenders (1916)
  • The Best People (1918)


  1. ^ Bayles, Allison L. The eternal triangle: the formula for a full life, p. 134 (1988) (states she was born in 1889)
  2. ^ a b (4 April 1956). Ruth Cranston, Writer, Lecturer, The New York Times
  3. ^ Anne Warwick, The Bookseller, Newsdealer and Stationer, March 1, 1915, p. 206, 218
  4. ^ "Anne Warwick", Zeta, The Alpha Phi Quarterly, June 1914, Vol. XXVI, No.3, p. 299-300
  5. ^ (20 March 1915). Seven Novels in Five Busy Years, The Sun (New York), p. 8
  6. ^ (13 May 1912). Bishop's Daughter Is Author, The Washington Herald, p. 2, col. 3
  7. ^ a b (18 March 1911). "Washington Society Does Not Run After The Newly Rich," Is Answer to the New Book by Bishop Cranston's Daughter, The Washington Times
  8. ^ (21 July 1911). Wedded in London - W.B. Newlin Married to Daughter of Bishop Earl Cranston, The New York Times
  9. ^ (1 June 1919). With Authors and Publishers, The New York Times
  10. ^ (22 August 201). Dan Gediman, Ruth Cranston and This I Believe, The Bob Edwards Show (featuring an essay on religious belief by Cranston recorded in the 1950s)
  11. ^ Some Representative Fiction, The American Review of Reviews, February 1913, p. 241
  12. ^ Chronicle and Comment, The Bookman (New York), April 1912 (Vol. XXXV, No. 2), at p. 131
  13. ^ (23 March 1912). Anne Warwick Writes Book In Three Weeks, The Sun (New York), p. 11, col. 1.
  14. ^ Garnett, Porter (3 March 1913). The Humanizing of a Perverse Woman, San Francisco Call, p. 7, col. 4
  15. ^ (1 February 1914). Modern Meccas - Anne Warwick's Drama of Five Great Cities, The New York Times

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