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Lifetime: 1854 - 1909 Passed: ≈ 115 years ago




United States

Francis Marion Crawford

Francis Marion Crawford was an American writer noted for his many novels, especially those set in Italy, and for his classic weird and fantastical stories. He was born in Bagni di Lucca, Italy, on August 2, 1854, and died in Sorrento, Italy, on April 9, 1909.

What were his principles:

Crawford was a devout Catholic, and his faith informed his writing. He believed in the power of literature to entertain, educate, and inspire. He also believed in the importance of family and community.

What was he famous for & his notable works:

Crawford was famous for his historical novels, which were set in a variety of time periods and locations. He was also known for his mystery and suspense novels. His notable works include:

  • Novels:
  • Mr. Isaacs (1882)
  • A Roman Singer (1884)
  • Saracinesca (1887)
  • Sant' Ilario (1889)
  • A Cigarette-Maker's Romance (1890)
  • Pietro Ghisleri (1892)
  • The Witch of Prague (1891)
  • The Ralstons (1894)
  • Casa Braccio (1895)
  • Corleone (1896)
  • Via Crucis (1899)
  • In the Palace of the King (1900)
  • Cecilia (1902)
  • The Heart of Rome (1903)
  • Whosoever Shall Offend (1904)
  • A Lady of Rome (1906)
  • The Diva's Ruby (1908)
  • The Undesirable Governess (1909)
  • Short stories:
  • The Upper Berth (1882)
  • The Dead Smile (1899)
  • For the Blood Is the Life (1911)

What was his philosophy:

Crawford's philosophy was based on the belief that life is a precious gift and that we should make the most of it. He believed in the power of love, faith, and hope. He also believed in the importance of art and literature.

When did he die & how is he remembered:

Crawford died on April 9, 1909, at the age of 54. He is remembered as one of the most popular and successful American writers of his generation. His work continues to be read and enjoyed by people all over the world.

Anything interested to know about the author?

  • Crawford was a prolific writer, and he published over forty novels during his lifetime.
  • He was also an accomplished journalist and travel writer.
  • Crawford was a close friend of many famous writers, including Henry James and William Dean Howells.
  • He was also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
  • Crawford was a gifted linguist, and he spoke several languages fluently.


Francis Marion Crawford was a talented and versatile writer. He was a master of both the historical novel and the mystery and suspense novel. His work is full of adventure, intrigue, and romance. He is also remembered for his classic weird and fantastical stories. Crawford's work continues to be read and enjoyed by people all over the world.

Books by Francis Marion Crawford

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The Witch of Prague: A Fantastic Tale

Horror Fiction Novel
Marriage Beauty Redemption Politics Challenges Magic Darkness Supernatural Fiction Mysterious

In the heart of Prague, a young woman named Beatrice is accused of witchcraft. She is imprisoned and tortured, but she refuses to confess. Her only hope is a mysterious stranger who claims to be able to save her. The Witch of Prague is a fantastic t...

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Katharine Lauderdale Volume 1

Fiction Novel
Family Marriage Love Independence Nature Happiness Determination Life Wealth

Katharine Lauderdale, the spirited and independent daughter of a wealthy merchant, yearns to break free from the constraints of her societal expectations. However, her dreams of happiness are threatened by her father's miserly nature and his refusal...

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American Politician

In 1880’s Boston, Mass. the good life is lead according to all the Victorian era societal rules of the New World. Political ambitions and the business of making money go hand in hand. A Senate seat suddenly opens up due to the current junior senator’...

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Man Overboard

Peculiar happenings aboard the schooner Helen B. Jackson when one night during a storm, the small crew found themselves diminished by one. Somebody had gone overboard, and it was surmised that it was one of the twin Benton brothers. But oddly enough,...

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Katharine Lauderdale Volume 2

Katherine Lauderdale would be a New York society belle, if it were not for her miserly father. Her older sister has escaped the unhappy parental home by marrying and Katherine plans to do the same, but her father has already refused to sanction her n...

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Katharine has married Jack Ralston secretly and hoped to force her rich uncle's hand in assisting him to find a career. After his refusal, she couldn't face her new husband to break the news and a series of mishaps led everyone - Katharine included -...

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Wandering Ghosts

This is a collection of seven ghost stories by Francis Marion Crawford. The volume includes all of the essential ingredients for good ghost and horror stories, such as mysterious deaths, haunted houses, and even vampires. - Summary by Carolin

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Khaled, A Tale of Arabia

Khaled is a powerful jinn, or genius, but he has a good heart. When he sees that Zehowah, the beautiful, virtuous daughter of the king is about to accept a foreign prince as husband, who lied about converting to Islam, he takes the law into his own h...

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Marietta: A Maid of Venice

This swash-buckling, romantic story of Zorzi Ballarin and Angelo Beroviero, master glass-blowers of Murano, Italy in the 1500's, is not entirely fiction. Many of the works of these artizans are preserved in the Museum of Murano, including their disco...

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White Sister

Angela Chiaromonte, daughter of a wealthy Italian prince, has her world turned upside down when, within a short period of time, she loses all she holds dear. This is the story of how she overcomes her loss through faith. And how she is ultimately fac...