The Cavalier's Corpse

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Author: DuBois, Theodora (1890-1986)

Year: 1952

Publisher: Doubleday & Company

Place: Garden City


190 pages. Octavo (8" x 5 1/2") bound in original blue cloth with green lettering to spine in original pictorial jacket. A Crime Club Selection. First edition.

Theodora Du Bois (1890-1986) was born Theodora Brenton Eliot McCormick in Brooklyn in 1890 to Eliot McCormick and Laura Case Brenton McCormick. Du Bois' father died when she was a year old. Laura remarried in 1897 and her second husband, Charles MacDonald (1857-1945), was a lawyer and Wall Street broker. From 1897-1900, the family lived in Manhattan and Du Bois attended the Barnard School for Girls. After moving to Yonkers in 1900, Du Bois attended the Halsted School and received a classical education. She wrote poetry and plays, including children's plays, and attended the Dartmouth Summer School for Drama in 1916. She co-authored Amateur and Educational Dramatics (1917) with Evelyne Hilliard and Kate Oglebay. Theodora met Delafield Du Bois in Connecticut in 1917, and they were married the following year. Du Bois continued writing short stories and plays. Her first published short story, "Thursday and the King and Queen," was published in Women's Home Companion in 1920 and she continued to publish short stories throughout the 1920's. In 1928, Delafield Du Bois left his job to pursue research and the family went to Europe for 18 months, spending time in Munich, Cambridge, Italy and Ireland. The experiences from this travel informed many of Du Bois' future works. Du Bois went on to try writing novels and the first, The Devil's Spoon, was published in 1930. The family moved to Connecticut during this period, and Du Bois wrote plays. In 1934, the family moved to New Haven where they lived until Delafield Du Bois' retirement after the end of World War II (1946). Du Bois now began detective writing in earnest. Twenty of her detective stories were published during 1941-1954, and many were translated and published abroad.

He had been dead for three hundred years. He had a green face; a plume in his cavalier's hat waved wildly; his claw-like hand brandished a club. Some had seen him -- and lived to tell the story. Others had not been so lucky. The case, fraught with hysteria, ancient legend and a walking corpse, is one of the DuBois's spookiest adventures.


Light edge wear, pages age toned. Jacket price clipped, spine ends and corners rubbed, half in closed tear at front heal edge, rubbing and soiling to fold over edges else a very good copy in like jacket.

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