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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Vera Caspary  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Fiction

Born: 1899 in Chicago, Illinois

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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.


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