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Frances Kirkwood Crane

Born: 1890 in Lawrenceville, Illinois
Died: November 6, 1981 in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Pen Name: None

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

Biography: 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.


Primary Literary Genre(s): Fiction; Mystery

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers

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