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.


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Thurston, Katherine Cecil. “Masquerade”. The Pall Mall Magazine, Vol.
, No. 100, pp. 571-4.
Thurston, Katherine Cecil. Max. Harper & Brothers.
Thurston, Katherine Cecil. The Circle. A. L. Burt, 1903.
Thurston, Katherine Cecil. The Fly on the Wheel. Dodd, Mead and Company.
Thurston, Katherine Cecil, and Janet Madden-Simpson. The Fly on the Wheel. Virago, 1987.
Thurston, Katherine Cecil. The Gambler. Harper & Brothers.
Thurston, Katherine Cecil. The Masquerader. Harper & Brothers, 1905.
Thurston, Katherine Cecil. The Mystics. Harper & Brothers.