Anya Seton was the pen name of Ann Seton, daughter of Ernest Thompson Seton and his first wife, Grace Gallatin Seton. She was born in 1904 in New York City in the Setons' Bryant Park Studio apartment on West 40th Street. She grew up in Cos Cob and Greenwich, Connecticut, in a wealthy family, but both of her parents traveled extensively in their careers.
She married Hamilton Cottier at age 19 in 1923. They divorced in 1930, soon to be followed by her marriage to Hamilton (Chan) Chase. That marriage produced an additional child, Clemency, nicknamed Zizi. The Chases divorced in 1968.
Anya specialized in historical fiction and was known for her extensivley researched works, several of which became best sellers. Two were made into motion pictures. Between 1941 and 1975, she completed 12 works of historical fiction, in addition to one biography for children - Washington Irving.
Anya and Chan spent the early years of their marriage mostly at Little Peequo with her mother. They later built their own home, Sea Rune, in Old Greenwich, which remained Anya's residence for the rest of her life. Anya Seton died at age 86 in 1990 at Sea Rune.
A biography of Anya Seton, Anya Seton - A Writing Life, by Lucinda H. Mackethan, was published in 2020.
The following is a list of Anya Seton's published works:
The Hearth and the Eagle
The Mistletoe & Sword
The Winthrop Woman