Anne Carsley is an essayist
and romance writer who has published six books based on historical
figures or events.
Born in 1935, she currently lives in Ridgeland,
Mississippi. She received her B.A. from Millsaps
College in 1957 and her M.A. in English from the University
of Mississippi in 1959. The title of her M.A. thesis was "A
Re-evaluation of the Novels of Sinclair Lewis."
For her nonfiction essays she has received
awards from Millsaps College, the Southern Literary Festival, the
Mississippi Arts Festival, and the Mississippi Commission on the
Arts. She also received third prize in 1970 for a screenplay in
a contest sponsored by the Mississippi Authority for Educational
Her fiction deals with human lust, desire,
and love. She takes her materials from historical figures or events.
For example, Defiant Desire, which was published in 1983,
is a story about Queen Mary Tudor in the 1550s, and This Triumphant
Fire (1982) is about a girl who lost her family and home in
the French Revolution. Her interest in archeology led her to set
The Winged Lion (1981) in Sumer (modernday Iran) in 2350
B.A. and The Golden Savage (1984) in Crete in 1650 B.C.
Links & Info
- This Ravished Rose. Pocket Books, 1980
- The Winged Lion. 1981
- This Triumphant Fire. Avon, 1982
- Defiant Desire. Dell, 1982
- The Golden Savage. Pinnacle Books, 1984
- Tempest. Pinnacle Books, 1985
- Lady Defiant. Random House, 1988
- "Sunday Has a Different Smell." Mississippi Writers: Reflections
of Childhood and Youth. Vol. 2: Nonfiction. Ed. Dorothy Abbott.
Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1986. 62-70.
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