- Annie Sophie Cory
Annie Sophie Cory (
October 1, 1868— August 2, 1952) was the author of popular, racy, exotic novels under the pseudonyms Victoria Cross(e) [She dropped the 'e' from her name after Queen Victoria's death in 1901.] , Vivian Cory and V.C. Griffin.
She was born as the third of three daughters to
ColonelArthur Cory and Fanny Elizabeth Griffin. Her father was employed in the British army at Lahore, where he was editor of the Lahore arm of "The Civil and Military Gazette", and Annie Sophie Cory grew up in India. She completed her education in England. She had her first piece, "Theodora, a Fragment", published in the Yellow Bookin 1895. In the same year she wrote "The Woman Who Didn't", a response to Grant Allen's book " The Woman Who Did".
She never married, and after her father's death she travelled on the Continent with a male friend (possibly an uncle), who had been involved in the jewellery trade. After his death she settled in
Monte Carloto live with female friends.
One of her sisters,
Adela Florence Nicolson, became famous as the exotic poet of Indian verses, "Laurence Hope."
Novels [Taken from http://www.authorandbookinfo.com/ngcoba/co3.htm.]
The Woman Who Didn't" (1895; original title: "Consummation"; retitled by John Lane for his "Keynote" series as a response to Grant Allen's "The Woman Who Did") [http://www.indiana.edu/~letrs/vwwp/cross/womanwho.html]
*"A Girl of the Klondike" (1899)
Anna Lombard" (1901) [http://www.archive.org/details/annalombard00crosiala]
*"Six Chapters of a Man's Life" (1903)
*"To-morrow?" (1904) [http://www.gutenberg.org/dirs/etext03/tmrrw10.txt]
*"The Religion of Evelyn Hastings" (1905)
*"Life of My Heart" (1905)
*"Six Women" (1906) [http://www.gutenberg.org/files/13238/13238-8.txt]
*"Life's Shop-Window" (1907)
Five Nights" (1908) [http://www.gutenberg.org/files/13017/13017-8.txt]
*"The Eternal Fires" (1910)
*"The Love of Kusuma" (1910)
*"Self and the Other" (1911)
*"The Life Sentence" (1912)
The Night of Temptation" (1912)
*"The Greater Law" (aka "Hilda Against The World") (1914)
*"Daughters of Heaven" (short stories, 1920) [http://www.archive.org/details/daughtersofheave00crosiala]
*"Over Life's Edge" (1921)
*"The Beating Heart" (1924)
Electric Love" (1929)
*"The Unconscious Sinner" (aka "The Innocent Sinner") (1931)
*"A Husband's Holiday" (1932)
*"The Girl in the Studio" (1934)
Martha Brown, MP" (1935)
* Gail Cunningham: "The
New Womanand the Victorian Novel" (Macmillan: London, 1978).
* Stephanie Forward: s.v. "Victoria Cross(e)". "The Cambridge Guide to Women's Writing in English", ed.
Lorna Sage(CUP: Cambridge, 1999).
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