House of Cards. Alice Curtayne.
House of Cards

House of Cards

Milwaukee: The Bruce Publishing Company 1939. First Edition. [8], 276 pages. 5 3/4 x 8 inches. Publisher's blue moire cloth with red titling. Top edges stained brown by the publisher. Binding clean and crisp. Dust jacket is present, but worn and faded, with short closed tears and dampstaining/spotting. It highlights a stack of cards on the front cover, and a short biography of the author with her image on the back panel. Spine faded (we presume) to white with lighter titles. Scarce in the dust jacket. [27879]


Presumed first edition (no additional printings).

"Alice Curtayne (1898–1981) was an Irish author and lecturer. She was born on 6 November 1898, 2 Upper Castle St, Tralee, Co. Kerry. She was a daughter of John Curtayne, carriage builder, or coach builder, of Castle St, Tralee, by his wife Bridget Mary O'Dwyer. She was educated at St. Anne's, Southampton. Married Stephen Rynne with two sons and two daughters, one of whom, Brigid Rynne, later illustrated some of her books. Her first book was St Catherine of Siena (1929). After Catherine of Siena she wrote several works of nationalist history including a life of Patrick Sarsfield (1934). The novel House of Cards (1940) concerns an Irish girl who marries an Italian industrialist. Alice lectured extensively in the US including at least three trans-American tours. She gave the Medora A. Feehan Lectures in Irish History and Literature at Anna Maria College, Paxton, Massachusetts, USA in the Spring semester of 1959. The College awarded her an honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters and she was presented with the Key to Worcester City by Mayor James D. O'Brien. In December 1954 The Irish Press sent her to Rome to write daily reports on the close of The Marian Year. She went to Rome again for the final session of the Second Vatican Council. She was commissioned to send weekly reports to local newspapers, The Nationalist (Carlow) and The Kerryman. She also sent a series of profiles of outstanding personages of this Vatican Council to The Universe and an article for Hibernia journal." (wikipedia)

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