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Book - “Kings, Queens, and Pawns”
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Title: Book - “Kings, Queens, and Pawns”
Identifier: 2003.2.50
Donor: Barbara Sayers Larson
Item Date: 1915
Creation Date: 2012
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: The book is titled "Kings, Queens, and Pawns" by Mary Roberts Rinehart. It was published by the George H. Doran Company in New York, 1915. It is a hard backed book with the title and author's name in white capital letters on a background of red and black squares, resembling a chess board. Stylised crowns and soldiers with rifles and bayonets are depicted at the bottom of the board. There is a green sticker printed in white that reads, "Wendell Holmes London, Can. Good Books and Stationery".

Mary Roberts Rinehart (1876-1958) was an American writer, often called the American Agatha Christie. She is considered to have invented the 'Had I But Known" school of mystery writing. Rinehart wrote hundreds of short stories, poems, travelogues and articles. Her most popular books were her murder mysteries. Kings, Queens and Pawns is a collection of articles written by Rinehart after she traveled to the 'front' in the 1st World War, to report on the conditions of war. She was well connected, with introductory letters from influential people, and managed to visit not only hospitals (in order to report to an American public the conditions of the battlefield), but also went into the trenches and to the German trenches.
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