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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Barbara Newhall Follett, a Mystery

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I came across this really interesting missing person mystery from 1939. Turns out Barbara Follett was a prodigy novelist and her first book, The House Without Windows, was published when she was just 12 years old in 1927. Her second novel, The Voyage of the Norman D. received critical acclaim when she was just 14. Sadly though the same year her father left the family for another woman and Barbara's life was turned upside down. Her bright literary career was pretty much de-railed.

She married in 1933 and in 1939, her marriage in trouble, her husband said they had quarreled and she walked out the door with $30 in her pocket and was never seen or heard from again. It's still a mystery today. Did he do away with her? We'll never know. I find these things fascinating!

I started looking around about her and found a wonderful site about her, run by her half nephew. You can read all about the mystery of Barbara HERE. There are several of her non-published works posted there to read, including a full length novel, Lost Island, that was never published.

The House Without Windows is available free in multiple formats HERE on a site devoted to the book. How wonderful that her works are made available after all this time! Looking forward to reading them.

How about you, have you ever heard of Barbara Newhall Follett before or read these books?


  1. That's fascinating! I have downloaded the book and can't wait to read it.

  2. Many thanks for your interest in Barbara (who was my half-aunt, not cousin). See also a big book of correspondence I published for her last year. https://www.amazon.com/Barbara-Newhall-Follett-Life-Letters/dp/0996243119


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