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Annie Sophie Cory (1 October 1868 – 2 August 1952) was the author of popular, racy, exotic novels under the pseudonyms Victoria Cross(e) [1], Vivian Cory and V.C. Griffin. She was born as the third of three daughters to Colonel Arthur Cory and Fanny Elizabeth Griffin. Her father was employed in the British army at Lahore, where he was editor of the Lahore arm of The Civil and Military Gazette, and Annie Sophie Cory grew up in India. She completed her education in England. She had her first piece, Theodora, a Fragment, published in the Yellow Book in 1895. In the same year she wrote The Woman Who Didn't, a response to Grant Allen's book The Woman Who Did. She never married, and after her father's death she travelled on the Continent with a male friend (possibly an uncle), who had been involved in the jewellery trade. After his death she settled in Monte Carlo to live with female friends. One of her sisters, Adela Florence Nicolson, became famous as the exotic poet of Indian verses, "Lau


rence Hope." The following list is taken from A Companion to On-line & Off-line Literature.[2]

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