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Opal Irene Whiteley was an American nature writer and diarist whose childhood journal was first published in 1920 as The Story of Opal in serialized form in the Atlantic Monthly, then later that same year as a book with the title The Story of Opal: The Journal of an Understanding Heart.
Opal Whiteley became a sensation when her childhood diary was published in 1920. But who was Opal? Although she'd been raised in an Oregon logging town, the diary contained clues she might be a royal princess, and she is buried in London under the name of a French royal. Opal's many fans today cherish her childhood diary, but others dismiss it as a fraud. Mystery writer Kathrine Beck has written the most thoroughly researched and authoritative book on Opal, discovering never before revealed material from archives around the world, as she tells the story of a remarkable child and a remarkable woman -- a woman who mesmerized celebrities and aristocrats of her day on three continents and continues to enchant readers today.