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Mossiker, Frances Sanger (1906–1985) - Popular History

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Frances Mossiker, who wrote her first book at age fifty-five, was born April 9, 1906, in Dallas, Texas to Elihu Sanger, a merchant, and Evelyn (Beekman) Sanger. She attended the Hockaday School in Dallas and studied French and Romance languages at Smith College in Massachusetts. She received a B.A. from Barnard College in 1927 before studying on the graduate level at the Sorbonne in Paris. In 1934 she married Jacob Mossiker, who worked in the investment field. Frances Sanger Mossiker worked most of her life in the field of radio. While recovering from a radical mastectomy in the 1950s, she wrote her first book, The Queen’s Necklace (1961), which won the Carr P. Collins nonfiction award at the Texas Institute of Letters; her second book, Napoleon and Josephine: Biography of a Marriage , won the same award for 1964 and was a Literary Guild selection. In 1969 she wrote The Affair of the Poisons: Louis XIV, Madame du Montespan and One of the World’s Great Unsolved Mysteries , and in 1971 she wrote More than a Queen: The Life of Josephine Bonaparte . In 1976 Pocahontas: The Life and the Legend was published. She completed Madame de Sevigne: A Life and Letters (1983) before her death on May 8, 1985, at Baylor Medical Center of a heart ailment.

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