This week I stumbled across a reference to Jane Cobb Berry as author of the Sue Barton nurse series. “Whoa,” I said, “I thought Troub (otherwise known as Helen Dore) Boylston was the author.” After all it was supposed to be based on her experiences and the Carol Page books based on her neighbor, actress Eva La Galliene.
According to “Contemporary Authors Online” Berry was a ‘silent collaborator’ on the books. She was a columnist, critic, and a reviewer for the New York Times. Somehow I missed this controversy with Rose’s friend who Rose felt always fell into luck. Maybe this was one reason why that somebody else wrote her books for her? Any Barton fans out there know more?
From the comments section below dated March 7, 2010 from Ben Berry:
Yep, it’s true.
My late mother, Jane Cobb Berry did the dialog and other writing , while troub ( my late godmother) did the nursing parts.
Neither of them waited for inspiration, but would do eighteen hour days, writing and re-writing to meet deadlines.
Their books are still in print. Quite a legacy
UPDATE September 19, 2015: Since this post was linked to I decided to update and reblog it next. I haven’t changed the original text above, but I’ve copied and moved the quote the link references from the comments below to make it more visible and I’ll return the link here.
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