Young and talented, Virginia Frances Sterrett created three beautiful books for Penn Publishing before her untimely death: Old French Fairy Tales (1920), Tanglewood Tales (1921) and Arabian Nights (1928).
Institutionalized with tuberculosis at 22, she could work for only brief periods, yet she never gave up, never gave her images anything less than her best. At the time of her death, she had almost completed Penn’s Myths and Legends.
In her obituary, The St. Louis Post Dispatch said “Her achievement was beauty, a delicate, fantastic beauty, created with brush and pencil. . . .”
And yet, she lives! She has a Facebook page!
L-R: Scheherazade, Aladdin, Blondine and the Tortoise