This is probably not going to be the most scintillating of posts in its own right (and certainly not containing the best of cover images, as these authors and their books are so thoroughly lost that most of their covers can only be imagined), but I wanted to do it in the hope of harnessing some of the massive brainpower and wealth of reading experience that you lovely smart readers have at your disposal. I'd love to flesh out my information on 21 authors from the most recent update to my Overwhelming List.
A good many of the authors in my recent update came to me courtesy of John Herrington, for which he has my thanks, but there are a few included here for which even he couldn't locate detailed information. There are others whose titles or other glimmers of information sound intriguing enough that I'd like to learn more about their work. For instance, is MARGARET EVELYN DRAKE's only novel, Chrysantha (1948), about a 19-year-old girl’s search for “a suitable man,” as interesting as it sounds? Or not?
And there are a healthy number of other titles here that pique my interest but about which I know nothing. What about ESTHER HALLAM MOORHOUSE's Grave Fairytale (1931) or English Spinster (1939)? Or MARY FRANCES CODD's Nephew-in-Law (1934)? Perhaps MARJORIE BURGESS, who wrote a book about "the amateur ciné movement in Great Britain," applied some of her knowledge of filmmaking to her two novels, Great Possessions (1927) and Provincial Interlude (1932)?
And then there's M. A. DORMIE, who may well turn out to be American, but I just don't know. Her three novels—Snobs (1931), Expatriates (1932), and Middle Age Madness (1935), the last about an American novelist married to an Englishman—seem potentially entertaining, though.
So if you happen to have come across any of these authors in your reading or other research, or if you've actually read some of their work, please do feel free to comment or email me with information, and I'll flesh out the author's entry on my list. And if not, well, who doesn't enjoy an enigma?