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Maiden Stakes

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Title:Maiden Stakes
Mercer, Cecil William  Writing under the pseudonym: Yates, Dornford   
(17 of 30 for author by title)
Ne'er Do Well
Lower Than Vermin
Published:   1928
Publisher:Ward, Lock & Co., Limited
Tags:fiction, romance, short stories, Berry Pleydell (Fictional character)

The book consists of mostly stand-alone short stories, plus one ("Letters Patent") which features the author's 'Berry' characters and references Yates' book "Perishable Goods". The book was written at a difficult time for Mercer, when relations between him and his wife Bettine were getting steadily worse. Nevertheless, the original dedication read "To the American girl who did me the lasting honour to become my wife."--Wikipedia. [Suggest a different description.]

Pages:248 Info

Author Bio for Mercer, Cecil William

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Cecil William Mercer (1885-1960), better known by his pen-name, Dornford Yates, was a British author. Trained as a lawyer, he turned to writing in the 1920s. He is best known for a series of books featuring playboy Berry Pleydell. These books described Berry's wealthy, indolent life and his circle of friends. The books were very popular in the interwar years. Mercer also wrote a series of international thrillers centred around Richard Chandos, a suave crime solving detective. His work was influenced by the writings of Anthony Hope who was his uncle. (Chambers Biographical Dictionary)

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