This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and (if not signed in) for advertising. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms.

Elswyth Thane (1) [1900–1984]

This page covers the author of Dawn's Early Light.

For other authors named Elswyth Thane, see the disambiguation page.

MembersReviewsPopularityRatingFavorited   Events   
1,4302612,186 (4.24)20
No events listed. (add an event)
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Canonical name
Legal name
Other names
Date of birth
Date of death
Burial location
Country (for map)
Place of death
Places of residence
Awards and honors
Short biography
Helen Elswyth Thane Ricker was born in Burlington, Iowa. She changed her name to Elswyth Thane in 1918 when the family moved to New York City. She began working as a freelance writer in 1925, and wrote for newspapers and some Hollywood films. Her first published book was Riders of the Wind (1926), which she dedicated to her friend William Beebe, a much older naturalist and explorer. In 1927, the couple were married on a yacht off Oyster Bay, New York; guests included Edith Kermit Roosevelt, wife of the former president. Elswyth Thane became famous for her "Williamsburg" series of historical novels. The books depict several generations of two families, from the American Revolutionary War up to World War II. Another of her novels, The Tudor Wench, about Queen Elizabeth I of England, was made into a play. After William Beebe died in 1962, Elswyth lived on the couple's farm in Wilmington, Vermont. Her last work, Fighting Quaker: Nathaniel Greene, was published in 1972.

Member ratings

Average: (4.24)
2 6
3 43
3.5 6
4 70
4.5 20
5 109

Improve this author

Combine/separate works

Author division

"Elswyth Thane" is composed of at least 2 distinct authors, divided by their works. You can edit the division.

Name disambiguation

Go to the disambiguation page to edit author name combination and separation.


Elswyth Thane is composed of 8 names. You can examine and separate out names.

Combine with…


About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 135,737,109 books! | Top bar: Always visible