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A Database of Victorian Fiction, 1837–1901

A Database of Victorian Fiction, 1837–1901

Author: Vesta S. Simmons

Author: Vesta S. Simmons (born 1862)

Alternate Name(s): V. Schallenberger (pseudonym); Schallenberger (maiden name)

Biography: Vesta S. Simmons was born in 1862 in Illinois, U.S.A., the daughter of Cyrus Schallenberger and Sarah Ball. Little is known of her early life. In 1883, in London, she married the American painter Edward Emerson Simmons (1852–1931). The couple lived briefly in Spain then spent five years at the St. Ives art colony in Cornwall. Simmons wrote three novels in the 1890s: Green Tea (1892) for Unwin's Pseudonym Library, Men and Men (1893), and A Village Drama (1896). Around the turn of the century, she and her husband returned to the states where they were divorced. Her husband remarried in 1903 and thereafter Vesta drops out of sight.

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Fiction Titles:

  1. Green Tea: A Love Story.  1 vol.  London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1892.
  2. Men and Men: A Love Story.  1 vol.  London: Osgood, McIlvaine, 1893.
  3. A Village Drama.  1 vol.  London: Bliss, Sands, and Foster, 1896.