Christine Goutiere Weston


Christine Goutiere Weston

Christine Goutiere Weston (1904 - 1989) was a novelist and author of short stories. She was born in Unao, now in Uttar Pradesh, India, the daughter of a British indigo planter of French descent, who was also born in India. In 1923 she married American businessman Robert Weston, and moved with him to the United States, where she began a writing career.

Weston's novel Indigo (1943) is generally considered her best, and made her reputation. Her next novel, The Dark Woods (1946) also received good reviews and the rights were bought by Twentieth-Century Fox. The film was cast in 1946 with Maureen O'Hara and Tyrone Power in the lead roles, and Otto Preminger directing, but was never produced.

Weston also wrote The Devil's Foot (1942), The World is a Bridge (1950) and two non-fiction books about Ceylon and Afghanistan. In total she produced 10 novels, over 30 short stories (mostly for New York magazines), 2 non-fiction books, and a children's book.

Weston divorced her husband in 1951 but later remarried. At the time of the divorce they were living in Castine, Maine, and she wrote some of her later fiction about New England. She spent the later part of her life in Bangor, Maine.

Weston won a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1940.

Bibliography

Obituary, New York Times, May 6, 1989

"Woman Novelist Gets Divorce", New York Times, Oct. 24, 1951

Review of "Indigo", New York Times, Oct. 24, 1943


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