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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Phyllis A Whitney  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT C:YA Fiction Mystery Romance

Born: 1903 in Yokohama, Japan


Illinois Connection

Whitney moved to Chicago to live with her aunt when she was 17 years old. She started her writing career in Chicago where she worked at the Chicago Public Library and various bookstores and wrote on the side. Many of her earlier novels are set in the city.

Biographical and Professional Information

Phyllis Whitney was a prolific writer. She has over 40 titles to her credit and liked to refer to herself as a mystery/romance writer, but she is generally categorized as a gothic, romance novelist.

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