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Vera Caspary

Born: 1899 in Chicago, Illinois
Pen Name: None

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

Biography: 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.


Primary Literary Genre(s): Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers

Vera Caspary on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

A chosen sparrow
ISBN: 9781471918865 OCLC: 953865696

Bedelia /
ISBN: 1558615075 OCLC: 62085408

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.

ISBN: 9781558617063 OCLC: 817929583

The Feminist Press at CUNY, New York : 2012.

A novel of breathtaking suspense, and a brilliant psychological portrait of a Black Widow serial killer.

ISBN: 9781471918841 OCLC: 953865731

Final portrait
ISBN: 9781471918889 OCLC: 953865198

  Final portrait.
ISBN: 0491000995 OCLC: 532642

W.H. Allen, London, 1971.

ISBN: 9781558618831 OCLC: 890530749

The Feminist Press at CUNY, New York : ©2014.

Basis for the famous film noir: a woman who kept men spellbound--even after her death.

ISBN: 1504029100 OCLC: 978556575

OPEN ROAD DISTRIBUTION, [Place of publication not identified], 2016.

Stranger than truth :
ISBN: 9781504029032 OCLC: 933524941

  The dreamers
ISBN: 0491018339 OCLC: 59212665

W.H. Allen, London : 1975.

The man who loved his wife
ISBN: 9781558618473 OCLC: 894169618

A jealous husband frames his wife for his own suicide so she'll never love again.

  The man who loved his wife.
ISBN: 085617744x OCLC: 672653

White Lion Publishers, London, 1972.

  The Rosecrest cell.
ISBN: 0491003900 OCLC: 103264

W.H. Allen, London, 1968.

The secret of Elizabeth
ISBN: 9781471918919 OCLC: 953865088

  The secret of Elizabeth /
ISBN: 0671821385 OCLC: 4888128

Pocket Books, New York : ©1979.

The secrets of grown-ups /
ISBN: 0070102236 OCLC: 4665331

McGraw-Hill, New York : ©1979.