Thursday, June 16, 2011

Happy birthday, Isabelle Holland.

Mel Gibson in
The Man without a Face
Isabelle Holland, who wrote a number of romantic suspense novels as well as children's books and created Episcopal priest-sleuth Claire Aldington, was born today in Basel, Switzerland, in 1920.  Holland also worked for publishers such as Crown, Lippincott, and Putnam in publicity; at Lippincott, she was responsible for the publicity for Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird and became a friend of Lee's. She died in 2002.

Aldington appears in A Death at St. Anselm's (1984), Flight of the Archangel (1985), A Lover Scorned (1986), A Fatal Advent (1989), and The Long Search (1990). Holland's The Man without a Face (1972) was adapted as a 1993 film with Mel Gibson.

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