I chose to update and reblog this piece because it was linked to by a paper. I’m not exactly sure of the quality of the piece because it cites Wikipedia and uses photos clearly they have to rights to without credit. However, the rest of it looks like they researched it deeply, so I’m kind of confounded by it. Still it’s a very interesting series.
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…
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