The father of Gwen Bristow was a pastor. Bristow attended the public school of Journalism and began as a student for the local newspaper to write. After her studies at Columbia University, she worked for several literary magazines as a journalist, reporter and editor. She lived with her husband in Beverly Hills. Later, she moved to New Orleans, and reported there for the daily newspaper The Times - Picayune.
Her husband, screenwriter Bruce Manning, inspired her to work on literary works. In 1929 she published her first novel. The highlight of her career, she reached in 1950 with the Wild West romance California Symphony, which became an international bestseller. Four years after the publication of the book was made into a film in 1954, directed by Joseph Kane.
- All the gold of the earth. Roman ( " Calico Palace "). Rowohlt, Reinbek 1979, ISBN 3-499-11590-5.
- Celia Garth. Roman ( " Celia Garth "). Heyne, München 1991, ISBN 3-453-04563-7.
- California Symphony. Roman ( " Jubilee Trail "). Heyne, Munich 1990, ISBN 3-453-04166-6.
- Louisiana trilogy.
- Melody of passion ( " Golden dreams" ). Snow Kluth, Munich 1990, ISBN 3-7951-1181-1.
- Tomorrow is eternity. Roman ( " Tomorrow Is Forever" ). Heyne, Munich 1990, ISBN 3-453-01981-4.
- The invisible hosts. Novel ( " The Invisible Host" ). Heyne, München 1988, ISBN 3-453-03275-6 (along with Bruce Manning ).