Winwar was born Francesca Vinciguerra in Taormina, Sicily and came to the United States through Ellis Island in June 1907. 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.
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.
Selected published worksEdit
- 1929: Pagan Interval, Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill
- 1931: (translation) Simon Boccanegra, New York: Fred Rullman
- 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: Robert 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: (edited) Ruotolo, Man and Artist, New York: Liveright
- 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
- 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
- Elizabeth: A Biography
- In the Shadow of a Saint
Her husbands were:
- V.J. Jerome (né Jerome Isaac Romaine; 1896–1965), writer, communist propagandist (married 1919);
- Bernard David N. Brebanier (1903–1977), educator (married 1925; divorced 1942);
- Richard Wilson Webb (1901–1966), mystery novelist (married 1943);
- Francis Dupond Lazenby, PhD (1916–2003) (married 1949; divorced 1953); after divorcing; Lazenby, in 1955, joined the faculty at the University of Notre Dame; in 1971, after 25 years at Notre Dame, while Associate Professor of Modern and Classical Languages; Notre Dame named him Professor Emeritus.
- Wepman, Dennis (2010). "Winwar, Frances". American National Biography Online:. Retrieved 11 July 2012.
- Barolini, Helen (1985). The Dream Book: An Anthology of Writings by Italian American Women. Schocken Books. p. 6. ISBN 0-8052-3972-3.
- "Frances Winwar Wed To Richard W. Webb; Novelist and Mystery Writer Married in Rahway, N. J.". New York Times. 22 May 1943.
- "Frances Winwar". LibraryThing. 2012. Retrieved 11 July 2012.