Husband Fritz Peters, Partner Agnes C. Sims

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602 Canyon Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87501

Mary Louise White Aswell (June 3, 1902 - December 24, 1984) was an editor and writer. The fiction editor at Harper's Bazaar, she brought writers such as Eudora Welty and Truman Capote to the public's attention.

Mary Louise White was born in Germantown, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Thomas Raeburn White and Elizabeth Wilson.

Aswell was the author of ''Abigail,'' a historical novel about Quaker life, and ''Far to Go,'' a suspense novel. She was editor of ''It's a Woman's World,'' an anthology of Harper's Bazaar stories, and served as an editor for Harper's Bazaar and for Reader's Digest Condensed Books. Under the pen names of Patrick Quentin, Q. Patrick and Jonathan Stagge she wrote detective fiction co-authored with Hugh Callingham Wheeler, Richard Wilson Webb, and Martha Mott Kelley. Their most famous creation is the amateur sleuth Peter Duluth. In 1963, the story collection The Ordeal of Mrs. Snow was given a Special Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America.

Mary Louise White first married Edward Campbell Aswell. Hello Emily is the only published short story by Fritz Peters. The piece was purchased by Harper's Bazaar in early 1949 and it appeared in the August 1950 issue of the magazine. Fritz married Aswell, the fiction editor for Harper's Bazaar, in June of that same year. They likely met while Fritz was working as assistant to Louise Dahl Wolfe, a well known fashion photographer of the time who did extensive work for Harper's Bazaar.

After two failed marriages, Aswell met Agnes C. Sims. The two had met through East coast lesbian circles. Sims bought a nineteenth-century house with acreage on Canyon Road, Santa Fe, and built a compound including a house for herself and one for Aswell.

Aswell died on December 24, 1984, in Sante Fe, N.M. She was 82 years old.


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