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NILES, Blair [1880-1959] -- American novelist & travel writer

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BEEBE, Mary Blair

She was the first wife of explorer and naturalist William Beebe, althought this is little known. While married to Beebe, she co-wrote a number of works with him as Mary Blair Beebe. Immediately after they were divorced (1913) she married Robert Niles, changed her name to Blair Niles, and went on to considerable fame in her own right writing under that name.  -30-
 

Chronology

1902
Marries naturalist and explorer William Beebe
1913
Divorces Beebe, marries Niles, changes name to Blair Niles.
1926ca
First woman to enter the infamous Devil's Island penal colony in French Guiana.
1931
Strange Brother, first widely read American account of openly gay men, drag balls, and police raids.

Selected Works

  • Biography of an Unknown Convict (1928)
  • Black Haiti: A Biography of Africa's Eldest Daughter (1926)
  • Condemned to Devil's Island (1928)
  • The James: From Sea to Iron Gate ("Rivers of America", 1939)
  • Martha's Husband (1951 Washington biography)
  • Our Search for a Wilderness (with Beebe)
  • Strange Brother (1931 homosexual erotica)
  • Two Bird Lovers in Mexico (with Beebe)
  • Bookmarks (off-site links)

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