Author Of Books on Glamorous European Royalty Dies
DALLAS (AP) _ Frances Sanger Mossiker, whose non-fiction books explored the glamour, excitement and intrigue of European royalty, has died after a lengthy illness. She was 79.
She died Thursday at Baylor University Medical Center.
Her first book, ″The Queen’s Necklace,″ was a non-fiction mystery about the disappearance of Marie Antoinette’s million-dollar diamond necklace.
The book earned her the Carr P. Collins non-fiction award of the Texas Institute of Letters - the first for a woman and for a book not about the Southwest.
She won the award again for ″Napoleon and Josephine: The Biography of a Marriage,″ which she finished in 1965. She followed in 1969 with ″The Affair of the Poisons,″ a look at the loves and intrigues of Louis XIV; and in 1971 with ″More Than a Queen,″ a story of Josephine Bonaparte for young readers.
She turned to America for her 1976 work, ″Pocahantas: The Life and Legend.″
Her final book, ″Madame de Sevigne: a Life and Letters″, was in 1983.
She attended Hockaday School in Dallas and studied French and romantic languages at Smith College in Massachusetts, where she was Phi Beta Kappa. She also studied at Barnard College in New York City, and the Sorbonne in Paris.
She became a book reviewer for The Dallas Morning News in 1933 and later for WFAA radio. In 1934, she married investor Jacob Mossiker, who died in August 1984.
A funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Hillcrest Mausoleum Chapel East.