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Maud Hart Lovelace

Maud Hart Lovelace (April 26,1892 –  March 11, 1980) was an American author best know for the Betsy-Tacy series of books for girls. Born and raised in Mankato, Minnesota, she enjoyed a happy childhood filled with friends, culture, and a loving family As soon as she could hold a pencil, she began writing stories and poems.

Maud Hart started her college studies the University of Minnesota, but shortly thereafter had to withdraw for health reasons. Escaping to the sun and warmth of  California to rest and recover, she lost no time in selling her first story to the Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine. Only 18 years old at that time, that bit of good fortune paved the way for her writing ambitions.

Once recuperated and back to her studies, Maud continued to write and sell stories. College seemed less of a drew. She dropped out for good and instead she traveled solo to Europe to gather inspiration for her writing. In the spring of 1917, upon returning to her home base, the Wakefield Publicity Bureau offered a steady day job. She was hired to replace Delos Lovelace, a young writer who was headed off First Officers Training Camp. At a dinner hosted to hand off the position, the two hit it off and were married before the year was out. Read More→

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Elizabeth von Arnim

Elizabeth von Arnim (August 31, 1866 – February 9, 1941) was born Mary Annette Beauchamp in Sydney, Australia. A prolific writer, she was best known for The Enchanted April and Elizabeth and her German Garden, though Vera has arguably been considered her masterwork. When she was young, her parents moved their family to London, and it was there and in Switzerland that she enjoyed a privileged upbringing and education. A rather shy child in the midst of a brood of siblings, she early on became an avid reader, and also showed precocious musical ability.

On a trip to Italy with her father in 1889 at age 23, she met the Prussian nobleman Count Henning August von Arnim-Schlagenthin. Her interest in him was tepid, but was eventually worn down by his persistence. After their marriage in 1891 she became the Countess von Arnim. The couple moved to Berlin and later to the Count’s rundown estate in Pomerania. During this time, they had four daughters and a son. From the start, she crossed paths with many literary notables. She was a cousin of Katherine Mansfield; E.M. Forster and Hugh Walpole tutored her children. Read More→

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Eudora Welty

Eudora Welty (April 13, 1909 – July 23, 2001) was an American writer whose work spanned several genres — novels, short stories, and nonfiction. Much of her writing focused on realistic human relationships — conflict, community,  interaction, and influence. As a Southern writer, a sense of place is an important theme running though her work, as well.

Welty published her first short story, “The Death of a Traveling Salesman” in 1936; after that she found it easier to sell her stories to various publications. Her story also caught the attention of Katherine Anne Porter, who became a mentor to Welty. Her first collection of short stories, A Curtain of Green and Other Stories, was published in 1941.

In addition to writing she had books of her photography published, which highlighted people of different economic and social classes during the Great Depression. Welty won many awards for her writing, among them, a Pulitzer Prize, an American Book Award, and six-time winner of the O. Henry Award for Short Stories. Read More→

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