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Book - “Bab”
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Title: Book - “Bab”
Identifier: 979.6.1414
Donor: Geoffrey Sayers
Item Date: 1917
Creation Date: 2012
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: A red hard covered book entitled "Bab" by Mary Roberts Rinehart. The title and author's name are in black on the spine.

Mary Roberts Rinehart (Aug. 12, 1876 - Sept. 22, 1958) born in Pittsburg, was a prolific author of best-selling books, plays and short stories. Her carefully plotted murder mysteries were most highly regarded by critics. She was born left-handed, in the days when this was looked upon as irrational and unladylike. To make her use her right hand, the left was tied behind her back. Her first book "The Circular Staircase" was published in 1908 when Theodore Rossevelt was President, the hobble skirt was something of a national scandal and ministers spoke of the lawn hammock as a challenge to morals. In this book, Mrs. Rinehart proved for the first time, that mystery, crime and humor can be combined successfully. One of her books "The Door" produced the phrase, "The butler did it". and in her prime, she was more famous than her chief rival, England's Agatha Christie. She died at the age of 82, and was buried with her husband Major Stanley M. Rinehart, United States Army Medical Corps., in Section 3 of Arlington National Cemetery. REF: North Side: Mary Roberts Rinehart, Carnegie Library Website and Mary Roberts Rinehart, Military Spouse, Writer, at
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