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Frances Winwar

Frances Winwar

Frances Winwar (3 May 1900 – 24 July 1985), was an Italian/American biographer, translator, and fiction writer.

Winwar was born Francesca Vinciguerra in Taormina, Sicily and came to the United States through Ellis Island in June 1907.[1] Her pseudonym Winwar is an Anglicization of her birth name; she was required to change her name as a condition of publishing her first book.[2] Her husbands were Communist propagandist and writer V.J. Jerome, educator Bernard Grebanier, mystery novelist Richard Wilson Webb,[3] and Dr. Francis D. Lazenby, classics scholar and librarian at the University of Notre Dame.[4]

She is best known for her series of romanticized biographies of nineteenth century English writers. She was also a frequent translator of classic Italian works into English and published several romantic novels set during historical events.[1]

In the 1930s and 1940s, Winwar was an outspoken opponent of Italian Fascism.[1]

Published worksEdit

  • (1927), The Ardent Flame, New York: Century.
  • (1928), The Golden Round, New York: Century.
  • (1929), Pagan Interval, Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill.
  • (1930), trans., The Decameron of Giovanni Boccacio, New York: Limited Editions Club.
  • (1933), Poor Splendid Wings: The Rossettis and Their Circle, Boston: Little, Brown.
  • (1935), The Romantic Rebels, Boston: Little, Brown.
  • (1937), Gallows Hill, New York: Holt.
  • (1938), Farewell the Banner, ..."Three Persons and One Soul"...: Coleridge, Wordsworth and Dorothy, New York: Doubleday, Doran.
  • (1938), Puritan City: The Story of Salem, New York: R. M. McBride.
  • (1940), Oscar Wilde and the Yellow Nineties, New York: Harper.
  • (1941), American Giant: Walt Whitman and His Times, New York: Harper.
  • (1943), The Sentimentalist: A Novel, New York: Harper.
  • (1947), George Sand and Her Times: The Life of the Heart—A Biography, Garden City: Garden City Publishing.
  • (1948), The Saint and the Devil: Joan of Arc and Gilles de Rais—A Biographical Study in Good and Evil, New York: Harper.
  • (1949), ed., Ruotolo, Man and Artist, New York: Liveright.
  • (1950), trans., Joseph Melry and Camille de Locle, Don Carlo: Opera in Four Acts, New York: F. Rullman.
  • (1951), The Immortal Lovers: Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning—A Biography, New York: Harper.
  • (1952), The Land of the Italian People: Illustrated from Photos, Philadelphia: Lippincott.
  • (1953), The Eagle and the Rock, New York: Harper.
  • (1953), Napoleon and the Battle of Waterloo, [reprinted in 1967 as All about Napoleon], New York: Random House.
  • (1954), The Last Love of Camille: A Novel, New York: Harper.
  • (1954), Queen Elizabeth and the Spanish Armada, New York: Random House.
  • (1956), Wingless Victory: A Dual Biography of Gabriele d'Annunzio and Eleanore Duse, [reprinted in 1957 as Wings of Fire: A Biography of Gabriele d'Annunzio and Eleonore Duse], New York: Harper.
  • (1957), Elizabeth, Cleveland: World.
  • (1959), The Haunted Palace: A Life of Edgar Allan Poe, New York: Harper.
  • (1959), Cupid, the God of Love, New York: Random House.
  • (1961), Jean-Jacques Rousseau: The Conscience of an Era, New York: Random House.
  • Joan of Arc
  • Elizabeth: The Romantic Story of Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  • Elizabeth: A Biography
  • In the Shadow of a Saint


  1. ^ a b c Wepman, Dennis (2010). "Winwar, Frances". American National Biography Online:. Retrieved 11 July 2012.
  2. ^ Barolini, Helen (1985). The Dream Book: An Anthology of Writings by Italian American Women. Schocken Books. p. 6. ISBN 0-8052-3972-3.
  3. ^ "Frances Winwar Wed To Richard W. Webb; Novelist and Mystery Writer Married in Rahway, N. J.". The New York Times. 22 May 1943.
  4. ^ "Frances Winwar". LibraryThing. 2012. Retrieved 11 July 2012.

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