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Norah Robinson Lofts (aka Juliet Astley and Peter Curtis)

Norah Lofts (1904 - 1983), prolific British author who wrote not only historical romances for over 50 years, but also nonfiction and biographies. She was best known for her historical novels, many of which were set in the nineteenth century or had English history as backgrounds, though other nations and eras--including Biblical times--were represented in her writings. Her novels are well known not only for their historical accuracy, but for her vigorous style of storytelling and her sense of history and her capacity to transmit the fascination of the past.

Lofts novels have a strong sense of time and place. Many of her historical romances are set in Suffolk, England and many of them are set around houses. Both landscape and houses have a permanency which their occupants lack, although the occupants may leave impressions. The 'Suffolk Trilogy' (The Town House, The House at Old Vine, and The House at Sunset) spans 600 years in the history of a house, from its beginnings as the h ome of a medieval wool-merchant to the present day, and Bless This House tells the story of the fortunes of a beautiful Elizabethan house in Suffolk in eight episodes, each narrated by a different character who plays a part in its history.

Lofts also published several thrillers under the pseudonym Peter Curtis and the pseudonym Juliet Astley.

Lofts won an American Booksellers Association award for her first work, I Met a Gypsy (1935), and a Georgette Heyer Award for The Day of the Butterfly (1979).
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Norah Lofts Novels
  • Here Was a Man: A Romantic History of Sir Walter Raleigh, London: Methuen & New York: Knopf, 1936; reprinted, Hodder & Stoughton, 1976.
  • White Hell of Pity, London: Metheun & New York: Knopf, 1937; reprinted, Manor, 1975.
  • Requiem for Idols, London : Metheun & New York: Knopf, 1938: reprinted, Corgi Books, 1972
  • Out of This Nettle, London: Gollancz, 1938; published as "Colin Lowrie" New York : Knopf, 1939, reprinted under original title, Manor, 1976.
  • Blossom Like the Rose, London: Gollancz & New York: Knopf, 1939; reprinted, Manor, 1976.
  • Hester Roon, London: Davies & New York: Knopf, 1940; reprinted, Corgi Books, 1978.
  • The Road to Revelation, London: Davies, 1941; reprinted, Corgi Books, 1976.
  • The Brittle Glass, London: Joseph, 1942; New York: Knopf, 1943; reprinted, Fawcett, 1977.
  • Michael and All Angels, London: Joseph, 1943; published as "The Golden Fleece," New York: Knopf, 1944; reprinted, Fawcett, 1977.
  • Jassy, London: Joseph & New York: Knopf, 1944; reprinted, Fawcett, 1979.
  • To See a Fine Lady, London: Joseph & New York: Knopf, 1946; reprinted, Fawcett, 1976.
  • Silver Nutmeg, London: Joseph & New York: Doubleday, 1947; reprinted, Corgi Books, 1974.
  • A Calf for Venus, London: Joseph & New York: Doubleday, 1949; published as "Letty," Pyramid Publications, 1968, reprinted under original title, Corgi Books, 1974.
  • Esther, New York: Macmillan, 1950; reprinted, Corgi Books, 1973.
  • The Lute Player, London: Joseph & New York: Doubleday, 1951; reprinted, Fawcett, 1976.
  • Bless This House, London: Joseph & New York: Doubleday, 1954 (as Literary Guild selection); reprinted, Queens House, 1977.
  • Winter Harvest, New York: Doubleday, 1955; reprinted, Fawcett, 1976.
  • Queen in Waiting, London: Joseph, 1955; New York: 1958; as "Eleanor the Queen: The Story of the Most Famous Woman of the Middle Ages," New York: Doubleday, 1955; reprinted under original title, Fawcett, 1977.
  • Afternoon of an Autocrat, London: Joseph & New York: Doubleday, 1956; published as The Deadly Gift, Pyramid Publications, 1967; published "The Devil in Clevely," London: Morley Baker, 1968; published under original title, Hodder & Stoughton, 1978.
  • Scent of Cloves, New York: Doubleday, 1957; reprinted, Queens House, 1977.
  • The Suffolk Trilogy:
    • The Town House, London: Hutchinson & New York: Doubleday, 1959; reprinted, Fawcett, 1976.
    • The House at Old Vine, London: Hutchinson & New York: Doubleday, 1961; reprinted, Queens House, 1977.
    • The House at Sunset, New York: Doubleday, 1962; London: Hutchinson, 1963; reprinted, Fawcett, 1978.
  • The Concubine: A Novel Based Upon the Life of Anne Boleyn, New York: Doubleday, 1963; London: Hutchinson, 1964; published as "Concubine," London: Arrow Books, 1965.
  • How Far to Bethlehem? London: Hutchinson & New York: Doubleday, 1965.
  • The_Lost_Ones>The Lost Ones, London: Hutchinson, 1969; as "The Lost Queen, New York: Doubleday, 1969.
  • Madselin, London: Corgi Books, 1969; New York: Bantam, 1970.
  • The King's Pleasure, New York: Doubleday, 1969; London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1970.
  • Lovers All Untrue, London: Hodder and Stoughton & New York: Doubleday, 1970.
  • A Rose for Virtue: The Very Private Life of Hortense, London: Hodder and Stoughton & New York: Doubleday, 1971.
  • Charlotte, London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1972; published as "Out of the Dark," New York: Doubleday, 1972.
  • Nethergate, London: Hodder and Stoughton & New York: Doubleday, 1973.
  • Crown of Aloes, London: Hodder and Stoughton & New York: Doubleday, 1974.
  • Checkmate, London: Corgi Books, 1975; New York: Fawcett, 1978.
  • Walk into My Parlour, London: Corgi Books, 1975.
  • Trilogy:
    • Knight's Acre London: Hodder and Stoughton & New York: Doubleday, 1975.
    • The Homecoming, London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1975; New York: Doubleday, 1976.
    • The Lonely Furrow, London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1976; New York: Doubleday, 1977.
  • Gad's Hall, London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1977; New York: Doubleday, 1978.
  • Haunted House, London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1978; published as "The Haunting of Gad's Hall," New York: Doubleday, 1979.
  • The Day of the Butterfly, London: Bodley Head, 1979; New York: Doubleday, 1980.
  • A Wayside Tavern, London: Hodder and Stoughton & New York: Doubleday, 1980.
  • The Claw, London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1981; New York: Doubleday, 1982.
  • The Old Priory, London: Bodley Head, 1981; New York: Doubleday, 1982.
  • Pargeters, London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1984; New York: Doubleday, 1986.
Norah Lofts Short Stories
  • I Met a Gypsy, London: Metheun & New York: Knopf, 1935.
  • Heaven in Your Hand and Other Stories, New York: Doubleday, 1958; London: Jospeh, 1959; reprinted, Fawcett, 1975.
  • Is There Anybody There? London: Corgi Books, 1974; published as "Hauntings: Is There Anybody There?", New York: Doubleday, 1975.
  • Saving Face and Other Stories, London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1983; New York: Doubleday, 1984.
Other Publications
  • Women in the Old Testament: Twenty Psychological Portraits, London: Sampson Low & New York: Macmillan, 1949.
  • Eternal France: A History of France, 1789-1944, with Margery Weiner, New York: Doubleday, 1968; London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1969.
  • The Story of Maude Reed (for children), London: Transworld, 1971; published as "The Maude Reed Tale," New York: Nelson, 1972.
  • Rupert Hatton's Tale (for children), London: Carousel Books, 1972; published as "Rupert Hatton's Story", New York: Nelson, 1973 (Junior Literary Guild selection).
  • Domestic Life in England, London: Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 1976; New York: Doubleday, 1977.
  • Queens of Britain, London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1977; published as "Queens of England," New York: Doubleday, 1977.
  • Emma Hamilton, London: Joseph & New York: Coward McCann, 1978.
  • Anne Boleyn, London: Orbis & New York: Coward McCann, 1979.
Novels Published under the Pseudonym JULIET ASTLEY
  • The Fall of Midas, New York: Coward McCann, 1975; London: Joseph, 1976.
  • Copsi Castle, London: Joseph & New York: Coward McCann, 1978.
Novels Published under the Pseudonym PETER CURTIS
  • Dead March in Three Keys, London: Davis, 1940; published as "No Question of Murder," New York: Doubleday, 1959; published as "Bride of Moat House," by Norah Lofts, New York: Fawcett, 1975.
  • You're Best Alone, London: Macdonald, 1943, reprinted, Corgi Books, 1971; published with "Requiem for Idols, in Two" by Norah Lofts, New York: Doubleday, 1981.
  • Lady Living Alone, London: Macdonald, 1945.
  • The Devil's Own, London: Macdonald & New York: Doubleday, 1960; published as "The Witches," London: Pan Books, 1966; published as "The Little Wax Doll," New York: Doubleday, 1970.

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