Virginia Frances Sterrett, 1900-1931


Arabian Nights, 1928

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

About mary grace ketner

My lawyer tells me I should not put the words "Fairy Tale Lobbyist" on my business cards but rather "Representative" and "National Fairy Tale Association." But I'm not, and there isn't one. Even so, I don't think I'm going it alone.

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