Christine Goutiere Weston

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Christine Goutiere Weston (1904–1989) was an India-born American fiction writer. She was born in Unnao, 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 second novel, The Devil's Foot (1942), was described by Dawn Powell as handling "an American story with the dexterity and subtlety of Henry James." Indigo (1943), set in India, is generally considered her best work and made her reputation as a psychological novelist. The Dark Wood (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 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 City magazines), 2 non-fiction books, and Bhimsa, the Dancing Bear (1945),[1] a 1946 Newbery Honor children's book.[2]

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.


  1. ^ "Bhimsa, the dancing bear". OCLC. Retrieved 23 July 2015.
  2. ^ "Newbery Medal and Honor Books, 1922-Present". American Library Association. Retrieved 23 July 2015.
  • 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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