Alice Walworth Graham was born February 24, 1905, in Natchez, Mississippi, to John Periander and Marian Alice (Lela) Gordon Walworth. Her grandfather, Douglas Walworth, served as a major in the Confederate army and later became editor of the Natchez newspaper, The Natchez Democrat. His second wife, Jeanette Hadermann, was a journalist and novelist.
Graham graduated from Natchez High School and St. Joseph’s Convent. From 1922-1925, she attended Mississippi State College for Women and wrote for the school paper, The Spectator. She later attended a writing class by Robert Penn Warren at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Graham lived in Natchez and New Orleans with her husband, Richard Norwood Graham. From 1936-1939 and 1962 on, they lived near The Burn, a Greek revival mansion, on Union Street in Natchez, Mississippi. The Grahams lived in New Orleans from 1939-1962. Graham frequently visited her sister, Mary Walworth Whitaker, who lived in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She gave several book reviews for the Baton Rouge Women’s Club there.
Her first published novel is Lost River (1938). Lost River, along with The Natchez Woman (1950), Romantic Lady (1952), Indigo Bend (1954) and Cibola (1962) are romance novels set on Natchez plantations. Graham wrote three historical romance novels set in England: Vows of the Peacock (1955), Shield of Honor (1957), and The Summer Queen (1973).
Graham was a member of several literary societies, including the Authors’ League of America, the English-Speaking Society, and the National League of American Pen Women. She was also a member of the Natchez Historical Society and the Natchez Garden Club. Graham died in 1994.