A farewell to one of the book world’s greats. Barbara Mertz, better known to millions of readers as Barbara Michaels or Elizabeth Peters, passed away at age 85.
Fascinated from a young age by the pharaohs, Mertz pursued a doctorate in Egyptology. She wrote two scholarly books on ancient Egypt in the 1960s, but was unable to find employment in academia. She turned to fiction, and we are so much the richer for it.
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