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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Frances Kirkwood Crane  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Fiction Mystery

Born: 1890 in Lawrenceville, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Crane was born in Lawrenceville and educated at the University of Illinois, Urbana.

Biographical and Professional Information

Crane was an American writer living in England and Europe who regularly sold pieces to the New Yorker, and moved to Germany in the late thirties, where her outspokeness clashed with the current Nazi regime and eventually led to her expulsion. Divorced, with a college-age daughter in tow, and in desparate need of money, she moved back to the States and started writing mysteries.

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