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Frances Parkinson Keyes Books In Order

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Publication Order of Blue Camellia Books

Blue Camellia (1957)Description / Buy at Amazon
Gold Slippers / Victorine (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Queen Anne's Lace (1930)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lady Blanche Farm (1931)Description / Buy at Amazon
Capital Kaleidoscope (1937)Description / Buy at Amazon
Parts Unknown (1938)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Great Tradition (1939)Description / Buy at Amazon
All That Glitters (1940)Description / Buy at Amazon
Crescent Carnival (1942)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fielding's Folly (1943)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Old Gray Homestead (1943)Description / Buy at Amazon
Also the Hills (1943)Description / Buy at Amazon
Came a Cavalier (1947)Description / Buy at Amazon
Once on Esplanade (1947)Description / Buy at Amazon
Along a Little Way (1948)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dinner at Antoine's (1948)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Safe Bridge (1950)Description / Buy at Amazon
St. Teresa of Lisieux (1950)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Grace of Guadalupe (1951)Description / Buy at Amazon
Joy Street (1951)Description / Buy at Amazon
Steamboat Gothic (1952)Description / Buy at Amazon
Larry Vincent (1953)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Royal Box (1954)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Land of Stones and Saints (1958)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mother Cabrini (1959)Description / Buy at Amazon
Station Wagon in Spain / The Letter from Spain (1959)Description / Buy at Amazon
Roses in December (1960)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Ambassadress (1961)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Chess Players (1961)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Career Of David Noble (1962)Description / Buy at Amazon
If Ever I Cease to Love (1962)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sylvia Cary (1962)Description / Buy at Amazon
Madame Castel's Lodger (1963)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Explorer (1965)Description / Buy at Amazon
I, The King (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tongues of Fire (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Heritage (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
Senator Marlowe's Daughter (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon
The River Road (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
Vail D'Alvery (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Letters From a Senator's Wife (1924)Description / Buy at Amazon
Silver Seas & Golden Cities (1931)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pioneering people in northern New England (1937)Description / Buy at Amazon
Written in heaven (1937)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bernadette of Lourdes (1940)Description / Buy at Amazon
The sublime shepherdess (1940)Description / Buy at Amazon
All this is Louisiana (1950)Description / Buy at Amazon
The cost of a best seller (1950)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Frances Parkinson Keyes Cookbook (1955)Description / Buy at Amazon
St. Anne (1955)Description / Buy at Amazon
Christmas gift (1960)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Rose and the Lily (1961)Description / Buy at Amazon
Therese Saint Of A Little Way (1962)Description / Buy at Amazon
Three ways of love (1963)Description / Buy at Amazon
Christmas is everywhere (1964)Description / Buy at Amazon
Christmas at home (1965)Description / Buy at Amazon
All Flags Flying (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon

Frances Parkinson Wheeler was born in the year 1885 to John Wheeler in Charlottesville. Her father served as the Greek Department chairperson at the University of Virginia. After the death of her father, Parkinson’s mother remarried and then moved to New England with the entire family. Keyes had to split the time she had between Newbury and Massachusetts. Upon moving to New England, Keyes attended private schools in Genève, Switzerland, Boston and Berlin Germany. During her school years, Frances traveled widely across the world. At 18 years, Frances Keyes got married to Henry Keyes and moved to Pine Groove farm which was Henry’s family estate. Frances and Henry had a total of three sons.

Henry Keyes got involved in politics and was even elected to the House of Representatives in New Hampshire. Keyes was later elected to the state senate and finally as a governor. Several years later after serving as a governor, Keyes was elected to the Senate where he served for 18 years. After her husband had died in the year 1938, Frances spent most of her time traveling across the United States and Europe before finally deciding to settle at New Orleans, Louisiana. Keyes became a professional writer during the 1920’s when she wrote her very first series, Letters from a Senator’s wife and Good Housekeeping. She also served as a contributing editor between the year 1923 and 1935. Furthermore, Frances also wrote about her life as the wife of a politician in two different memoirs, All Flags Flying and Capital Kaleidoscope.

Before meeting her death, Keyes published a total of 50 novels and in each of this novels, she managed to demonstrate her versatility especially on subject matters and the settings. She also managed to reflect on the several geographical locations that she visited during her childhood and adulthood life. Three novels managed to sell over 1 million copies each, and they include Dinner at Antoine’s, The River Road and Came a Cavalier. The novel, Dinner at Antoine’s is a murder mystery novel, which is based on the iconic New Orleans restaurant. This is one of her well-known works. Furthermore, what made most of her novels stand out from the rest was the fact that Keyes did extensive research when it came to geographical and cultural background research.

She from time to time had to not only move to the regions that she was to use as the setting for her novels, but she also purchased property in the region so that she could truly have an in-depth knowledge of what she was writing about. A good example is General Pierre, who was a local of Louisiana and was featured many of the times in her novels. For the remaining decade of her life, Keyes had purchased a home in Louisiana. Towards the end of her writing career, Keyes had already expanded her writing interests; thus, she was not penning down poetry, but she was also writing short stories and inspirational holiday volumes. After her husband’s death, Keyes converted to Catholicism, and this conversion contributed so much to her writing especially on religious subjects both nonfiction and fiction.

The Special Collections Library at the University of Virginia holds the manuscripts and the papers, which are relevant to her books on Christian missions and religion. The library also holds important copies of her research and novels about the Steamboat Gothic, in which she had employed two students of the University.

Joy Street

Joy Street is a well-developed romantic novel, which has been based on Beacon Hill and the environs of Boston. In this installment, personality types are the focus of the book instead of the city’s personality. The author, Ms. Keyes introduces the reader to Emily Thayer and Roger Field, two lovers who are not only idealistic but also aspiring to get out of the shells of their upbringing. Apart from these two characters, the author has also developed some unique characters. While their marriage story is supposed to be about how they were raised, this story is about the circumstances, which surround these two characters. The protagonist, Emily’s mind, and heart accept the peculiarities while her emotions reject the divergences from the normal. Roger dies before the end of the book while Emily remarries again after the death of her husband.

All in all, the author gives a detailed description of Boston, the beautiful and well-designed Porsche houses, the professional and businesses offices, the restaurants and the courtrooms. Furthermore, the author has also given intimate details of the food and clothes, together with all the detailed decorations that any of her fans would expect. The book’s minor characters were well developed and were more real with lots of principals. Some of the minor characters include the patrician monarch, their grandmother. The story telling is quite phenomenal, thus making this installment an excellent read.

Blue Camilla

Blue Camilla is one of the best-selling novels by the author and is based on Louisiana’s cultivation history. This story begins as one; Brent makes up his mind to purchase a land in Louisiana. Brent together with his wife is the offspring of settlers who mainly relied on farming as a source of livelihood. The book begins as the two have survived an extremely strong winter, which left the protagonist extremely ill. This story is not about the move that the two characters had to make but also is about a shady land auction and the assimilation of the family into a Creole population. Upon moving, their only daughter Lavinia becomes a tomboy and begins to run in the wild with the children of rural Creole. However, upon growing up, she turns into a strong willed woman who is exceedingly competent. As a full-time farmer, Brent not only plants but also studies and develops some of the best rice in the region.

Despite the fact that all the characters in the book prosper, they all have a share of their joys and sorrows. Lavinia not only suffers a great loss but also a heartbreak. However, in the end, she turns out well. With that being said, the research that the author has done is exceedingly great due to the time that she spent with the locals of Boston. The author’s detailed description and her attention to detail are outstanding.

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6 Responses to “Frances Parkinson Keyes”

  1. Peter Berg: 6 years ago

    Hi RobbieAnn- The Old Gray Homestead & The Career of David Noble is hardcover and one book. I have a few paperbacks which are duplicates, to include The Explorer and Victorine. Books are $30. each and I have no idea what your shipping would cost. Thanks for your interest.


  2. Peter Berg: 6 years ago

    I have 25 to 30 hardcover books by Frances Parkinson Keyes that I would like to sell-need advice to do same.

    • Robbie Rodgers Montgomery: 6 years ago

      Hey, I stumbled onto this website and would love to know what you might have left of FPK’s books.

      • Peter Berg: 6 years ago

        I still have the books and if interested, I will send titles of same

        • Robbie Rodgers Montgomery: 6 years ago

          Thank you. I hope to be lucky and that you will have the ones for which I’m looking.

          • Robbie Rodgers Montgomery: 6 years ago

            Hey Peter,
            I forgot to ask if these are paperbacks?
            Is The Old Gray Homestead and The Career of David Noble one book or two separate books? I do not have these books. I also do not have The Royal Box, The Great Tradition, The Land of Stones and Saints, Honor Bright, Roses in December, or Senator Marlowe’s Daughter. My father’s 3rd wife died 5 years ago and he moved back next door to us. I gave away several thousand paperback books to make room for his things. Now, I think I’d like to have hardbacks as all my others are hardbacks. Will you quote me a price plus shipping please? Thanks so much.



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