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Prolific English Novelist Denise Robins Dies

May 2, 1985

LONDON (AP) _ Denise Robins, an author of romances who wrote more than 200 novels over six decades, has died at the age of 87, her publishers said Thursday.

Her novels, translated into 15 languages, sold more than 100 million copies. In 1984 they were borrowed more than 1.5 million times from British libraries.

Miss Robins died in her sleep Wednesday at her home in Haywards Heath, 34 miles south of London, after a long illness, said a spokeswoman at her London publishers, Hodder and Stoughton.

Among her best-selling works were ″House of the 7th Cross,″ ″Khamsin″ and ″Dark Corridor.″ Some of her novels appeared under the pseudonym Harriett Gray.

Miss Robins was born in London in 1898, and received some of her early schooling in Staten Island, N.Y. After a short career in journalism in Dundee, Scotland, she began writing fiction. Her first novel was published in 1924.

She attributed the popularity of her books to their sincerity, and maintained that her female characters were always passionate but never promiscuous. ″I don’t want a double bed on every page,″ she once told a reporter.

She is survived by her second husband, Lt. Col. R. O’Neill Pearson, and three daughters.

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