Hinkins, Virginia

About the author

Virginia Hinkins was born in Maryland, and was a keen rider as a child. She was educated at the Pennsylvania School of Horticulture for Women, and managed Spengler Hall in Strasburg, Virginia, which was built by her great grandfather. She wrote two books: The Story of Charles Randolph and General Jackson (1959), and another book which reflected her equine interests: Gently Now (1963). It is a story about a family its Kirkus review describes as “burdened rather than enriched” by tradition.

Finding the book
Reasonably easy to find.

Links and sources
Biographical information on Virginia Hinkins from About the Author retrieved 17 February 2014
More on Spengler Hall from vagenweb.org, retrieved 17 February 2014
Terri A Wear: Horse Stories, an Annotated Bibliography, Scarecrow Press, 1987
Many thanks to Lisa Catz for the photograph.

Bibliography (horse books only)

Gently Now

McGraw-Hill, New York, 1963, 158 pp

Kirkus review

Elizabeth’s family resent the fact that they have lost part of their farm to a Thoroughbred breeding operation. It doesn’t help that Elizabeth now has a job there, but she’s drawn there by the beautiful, in-foal and vicious, mare Bewitched.