ELIZABETH PETERS

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. 

You may be familiar with one of her popular series featuring the parasol-toting Victorian pyramid explorer Amelia Peabody.

Author Paul Theroux once quipped, “Between Amelia Peabody and Indiana Jones, it’s Amelia — in wit and daring — by a landslide.”

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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