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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Vera Caspary  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1899 in Chicago, Illinois


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Illinois Connection

Vera Caspary was born and raised in Chicago. She lived here until 1924 when she moved to New York.

Biographical and Professional Information

After her graduation from high school in 1917, her father enrolled her in a six month course in a business college, and by January 1918, Caspary found herself working as a stenographer. Caspary went through a string of menial office jobs, looking for one where she could write instead of taking dictation from people with bad grammar. Finally breaking into book publishing with her first novel, ''The White Girl'', in 1929. She is the author of the classic mystery, Laura.


Published Works

  • The White Girl, Grosset & Dunlap , 1929
  • Thicker Than Water, Liveright, 1932
  • Laura, Houghton Mifflin, 1943
  • Bedelia, Triangle Books, 1945
  • Stranger Than Truth, Random House, 1946
  • Thelma, Little Brown, 1952
  • Evvie, White Lion, 1960
  • Bachelor in Paradise, Dell, 1961
  • A Chosen Sparrow, W. H. Allen, 1964
  • The Man Who Loved His Wife, White Lion, 1972
  • The Rosecrest Cell, Putnam, 1967
  • Final Portrait, W. H. Allen, 1971
  • Ruth, Pocket Books, 1972
  • The Dreamers, Pocket Books, 1975
  • The Secret of Elizabeth, Pocket Books, 1978
  • The Secrets of Grown-Ups, (autobiography), McGraw, 1979


Selected Titles At Your Library

Bedelia /
ISBN: 1558615075. OCLC Number:

Feminist Press at the City University of New York,. New York :. 2005.

"Long before Desperate Housewives, there was Bedelia: pretty, ultra femme, and "adoring as a kitten." A perfect housekeeper and lover, she wants nothing more than to please her insecure new husband, who can't believe his luck. But is Bedelia too good to be true? A mysterious new neighbor turns out to be a detective on the trail of a "kitten with claws of steel"--A picture-perfect wife with a string of dead husbands in her wake. Caspary builds this tale to a peak of psychological suspense as her characters are trapped together by a blizzard. The true Bedelia, the woman who chose murder over a life on the street, reveals how she turns male fantasies of superiority into a deadly con."--Publisher's website.

The man who loved his wife.
ISBN: 085617744x. OCLC Number:

White Lion Publishers,. London,. 1972.

Final portrait.
ISBN: 0491000995. OCLC Number:

W.H. Allen,. London,. 1971.

The secret of Elizabeth /
ISBN: 0671821385. OCLC Number:

Pocket Books,. New York :. ©1979.

The secrets of grown-ups /
ISBN: 0070102236. OCLC Number:

McGraw-Hill,. New York :. ©1979.