Collecting Carolyn Wells
Throughout the process of writing my new book, The Vanishing of Carolyn Wells: Investigations into a Forgotten Mystery Author (published by PostHill Press on February 13). I kept reminding myself that this was not a book collection, it was a biography.
However, after I had acquired more than a few interesting items for “research,” I had to come to terms with the fact that I could not separate the two. Carolyn Wells was both the author of more than 180 books and a major book collector, offering at least two paths for collecting material related to her.
Little by little, I starting collecting her in earnest. I’m no completist; I include only items that seem special — her own titles signed by her or someone in her circle; volumes containing her bookplate; letters of a literary nature; and neat ephemera. Here is a sampling of my collection: