Katherine Cecil Thurston

Standard Name: Thurston, Katherine Cecil
Birth Name: Katherine Cecil Madden
KCT , often forgotten today, was a highly popular and successful writer of short stories and novels at the beginning of the twentieth century. In 1904, she was propelled to literary fame and fortune with her wildly successful book John Chilcote, MP (entitled The Masquerader in America), a sensational tale of political impersonation, which was made into two successful plays and later two films (one silent). This earned her an avid following, allowing her to experiment in her subsequent novels with more radical subject matter—including gambling, suicide, adultery, and the homoerotic—until her untimely death at the age of thirty-six. Her characteristic tone is thrilling, melodramatic, and often playfully sensational.
Black and white full-length photograph of Katherine Cecil Thurston standing beside a fire burning in an Adam-style fireplace in a stately home. Her setting is cluttered: the wallpaper is patterned; the fireplace has painted panels, a pediment, and a mantelpiece with large ornaments in front of a mirror; the bookcases have little balustrades and a niche for more ornaments. A black cat sits on the mat. Thurston wears a dark floor-length dress with long sleeves, ruffles, and lace trim. Her dark hair is up in a
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