Books by Diana J. Dell


Memorable Quotations:
American Novelists of the Past

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Memorable Quotations:
American Novelists of the Past
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Henry Brooks Adams, Louisa May Alcott, Dorothy Dodds Baker, James Baldwin, Djuna Barnes, Saul Bellow, Heywood Broun, Pearl S. Buck, Truman Capote, Willa Cather, John Cheever, Kate Chopin, James Fenimore Cooper, William Faulkner, Edna Ferber, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Zelda Fitzgerald, John Kenneth Galbraith, Zona Gale, Martha Gellhorn, Ellen Glasgow, Elizabeth Hardwick, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Joseph Heller, Ernest Hemingway, William Dean Howells, Zora Neale Hurston, Washington Irving, Helen Hunt Jackson, Henry James, Sarah Orne Jewett, Jack Kerouac, Sinclair Lewis, Norman Mailer, Mary McCarthy, Carson McCullers, Herman Melville, Alice Duer Miller, Arthur Miller, Henry Miller, Margaret Mitchell, Anais Nin, Kathleen Norris, Flannery O'Connor, Sylvia Plath, Katherine Anne Porter, Mario Puzo, Ayn Rand, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Laura Riding, Mary Roberts Rinehart, Judith Rossner, Carl Sandburg, George Santayana, John Steinbeck, Harriet Beecher Stowe, William Styron, Booth Tarkington, Mark Twain, Jessamyn West, Edith Wharton, Tennessee Williams, and Thomas Wolfe.





Memorable Quotations:
American Women Writers of the Past

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Memorable Quotations:
American Women Writers of the Past
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Memorable Quotations:
American Women Writers of the Past
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Jane Ace, Abigail Smith Adams, Jane Laura Addams, Zoe Akins, Louisa May Alcott, Margaret Anderson, Katharine Susan Anthony, Susan B. Anthony, Mary Antin, Minna Thomas Antrim, Hannah Arendt, Gertrude Franklin Atherton, Mary Hunter Austin, Josephine Dodge Daskam Bacon, Dorothy Dodds Baker, Faith Baldwin, Bettina Ballard, Margaret Culkin Banning, Djuna Barnes, Margaret Ayer Barnes, Amelia Barr, Clara Barton, Vicki Baum, Mary Ritter Beard, Catharine Esther Beecher, Helen Olcott Bell, Ruth Fulton Benedict, Mary McLeod Bethune, Elizabeth Bishop, Antoinette Brown Blackwell, Elizabeth Blackwell, Amelia Jenks Bloomer, Louise Bogan, Erma Bombeck, Margaret Bourke-White, Catherine Drinker Bowen, Anna C. Brackett, Mary Gardiner Brainard, Fawn M. Brodie, Alice Williams Brotherton, Olympia Brown, Pearl S. Buck, Frances Eliza Burnett, Amelia Josephine Burr, Taylor Caldwell, Rachel Carson, Willa Cather, Carrie Chapman Catt, Maria Weston Chapman, Mary Catherwood, Mary Bokin Chestnut, Lydia M. Child, Kate Chopin, Anna Julia Cooper, Dorothy Day, Agnes De Mille, Babette Deutsch, Helene Deutsch, Emily Dickinson, Dorothy Dix, Mary Mapes Dodge, Rheta Childe Dorr, Elizabeth Drew, Isadora Duncan, Amelia Earhart, Crystal Eastman, Mary Baker Eddy, Augusta Jane Evans, Eliza Farnham, Edna Ferber, Fanny Fern, M. F. K. Fisher, Minnie Fiske, Zelda Fitzgerald, Doris Fleeson, Esther Forbes, Margaret Fuller, Zona Gale, Martha Gellhorn, Katherine Gerould, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Laura Gilpin, Mary Barnett Gilson, Ellen Glasgow, Susan Glaspell, Emma Goldman, Ruth Gordon, Margaret Collier Graham, Angelina Grimke, Edith Hamilton, Gail Hamilton, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, Corra May Harris, Helen Hathaway, Jane Heap, Lillian Hellman, Beatrice Hinkle, Billie Holiday, Karen Horney, Zora Neale Hurston, Helen Hunt Jackson, Mahalia Jackson, Shirley Jackson, Alice James, Sarah Orne Jewett, Mother Jones, Vivien Kellems, Helen Keller, Sophie Kerr, Francis Parkinson Keyes, Dorothy Kilgallen, Maggie Kuhn, Suzanne Lafollette, Rose Wilder Lane, Suzanne K. Langer, Anita Loos, Audre Lorde, Amy Lawrence Lowell, Clare Boothe Luce, Margaret S. Mahler, Elisabeth Marbury, Frances Marion, Elsa Maxwell, Mary McCarthy, Carson McCullers, Phyllis McGinley, Maria McIntosh, Margaret Mead, Agnes Meyer, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Alice Duer Miller, Margaret Mitchell, Maria Mitchell, Anne Shannon Monroe, Marianne Moore, Louise Moulton, Ethel Watts Mumford, Anais Nin, Kathleen Norris, Flannery O'Connor, Gretta Brooker Palmer, Dorothy Parker, Elizabeth Stuart Phelps, Sylvia Plath, Katherine Anne Porter, Emily Post, Margaret Preston, Emily James Putnam, Ayn Rand, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Agnes Repplier, Alice Caldwell Rice, Laura Riding, Constance Roarke, Corinne Roosevelt Robinson, Harriet Robinson, Ida P. Rolf, Eleanor Roosevelt, Helen Rowland, Helena Rubinstein, Muriel Rukeyser, Margaret Sanger, Margaret E. Sangster, May Sarton, Evelyn Scott, Janet Scudder, Anne Sexton, Anna Howard Shaw, Cornelia Otis Skinner, Anne Smedley, Betty Smith, Lillian Smith, Anna Garlin Spencer, Leonora Speyer, Adela Rogers St. Johns, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Gertrude Stein, Edith Mendel Stern, Elizabeth Stoddard, Lucy Stone, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Anne Sullivan, Jane Grey Swisshelm, Ida Tarbell, Sara Teasdale, Clara Thompson, Dorothy Thompson, Alice B. Toklas, Barbara Tuchman, Jane Colman Turell, Brenda Ueland, Amy Vanderbilt, Katharine Walker, Mrs. H. O. Ward, Carolyn Wells, Ida B. Wells, Jessamyn West, Mae West, Edith Wharton, Ella Wheeler Wilcox, Mary Day Winn, Thyra Samter Winslow, and Maud Younger.



Memorable Quotations:
Eleanor Roosevelt

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Memorable Quotations: Eleanor Roosevelt
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Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) was a social activist, the United States representative to the United Nations (1945-1953; 1961), and the wife of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 32nd United States President. For her indefatigable support for America’s least powerful people, specifically women, African-Americans, and the poor, she became one of the most treasured American public figures of the 20th century.





Memorable Quotations:
Famous Teachers of the Past

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Memorable Quotations:
Famous Teachers of the Past
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Memorable Quotations:
Famous Teachers of the Past
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Lord Acton, Henry Brooks Adams, John Adams, A. Bronson Alcott, Louisa May Alcott, Susan B. Anthony, Saint Thomas Aquinas, Hannah Arendt, Aristotle, Matthew Arnold, Isaac Asimov, W. H. Auden, Saint Augustine, Simone de Beauvoir, Henri Bergson, Allan Bloom, Charlotte Brontë, Anthony Burgess, Thomas Carlyle, Willa Cather, Confucius, John Dewey, W. E. B. Du Bois, Will Durant, T. S. Eliot, Robert Frost, Margaret Fuller, Georg Hegel, Thomas Hobbes, Oliver Wendell Holmes, William James, Lyndon B. Johnson, James Joyce, Immanuel Kant, D. H. Lawrence, C. S. Lewis, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, James Russell Lowell, Herbert Marcuse, John Milton, Friedrich Nietzsche, Plato, Bertrand Russell, George Santayana, May Sarton, Jean-Paul Sartre, Seneca, Adam Smith, Socrates, Anne Sullivan, Henry David Thoreau, Lionel Trilling, Booker T. Washington, Evelyn Waugh, Simone Weil, Thornton Wilder, and Woodrow Wilson.





Memorable Quotations:
George Eliot

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Memorable Quotations: George Eliot
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George Eliot, pseudonym of Mary Ann or Marian Evans, (1819-80) was an English novelist and a notable 19th-century writer. She challenged convention to live with her mentor, G.H. Lewes. Writing about country life, Eliot was mainly concerned with people's moral choices and their accountability for their own lives. Her novels include Adam Bede (1859), The Mill on the Floss (1860), and Silas Marner (1861). Middlemarch (1871) is considered her masterpiece.





Memorable Quotations:
George Santayana

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Memorable Quotations: George Santayana
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Born in Spain, George Santayana (1863–1952) was an American philosopher. He relocated to the United States in 1872, graduated from Harvard University, and was (1889–1912) a distinguished professor there. In 1912 he retired from teaching and subsequently resided in Europe. Santayana regarded the mind as being placed in and responsive to a physical, biological context; at the same time he stressed the mind's reasonable and imaginative vision of physical beauty. He deemed religion an inventive creation of real value but without conclusive importance. His philosophical works include The Sense of Beauty (1896), The Life of Reason (1905–6), The Realms of Being (4 vol., 1927–40), and Dominations and Powers (1951). His single novel, The Last Puritan (1935), had critical success.





Memorable Quotations:
H.L. Mencken

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Memorable Quotations: H.L. Mencken
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H.L. Mencken (1880–1956) was an American writer from Baltimore, Maryland. He was a journalist, principally on Baltimore's Sun papers (1906–56). He and George Jean Nathan edited the Smart Set (1914–23) and began (1924) the American Mercury, which Mencken alone edited (1925–33). His caustic critical essays, directed generally at the complacent bourgeoisie, were collected in Prejudices (6 vol., 1919–27). He also wrote numerous other critical and autobiographical works. In philology, he compiled the massive The American Language (1919; 4th ed., 1936; supplements).





Memorable Quotations:
Herman Melville

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Memorable Quotations: Herman Melville
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Born in New York City, Herman Melville (1819-1891) is deemed one of the greatest American writers. His experiences on a whaler (1841-42) and ashore in the Marquesas (where he was captured by cannibals) and other South Sea islands led to the writing of Typee (1846), Omoo (1847), and other broadly popular romances. Melville's masterpiece, Moby-Dick (1851), the story of a whaling captain's fanatical search for the white whale that had torn off his leg, is at once a thrilling sea story, a profoundly symbolic examination into good and evil, and one of the grandest novels ever written. Both Moby-Dick and the psychological novel Pierre (1852) were misjudged at the time of their publication and poorly received. Although crestfallen by his failure to win an audience, by ailing health, and by debts, Melville continued to create such notable works as The Piazza Tales (1856), a collection including the stories "Benito Cereno" and "Bartleby the Scrivener," The Confidence Man (1857), and the novella Billy Budd (1924). After holding the position of customs inspector in New York City for 19 years, Melville died in destitution and oblivion. Ignored for many years, his work was revived in the 1920’s.





Memorable Quotations:
Humorists, Wits, and Satirists of the Past

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Memorable Quotations:
Humorists, Wits, and Satirists of the Past
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Memorable Quotations:
Humorists, Wits, and Satirists of the Past
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Jane Ace, George Ade, Nelson Algren, Fred Allen, Minna Antrim, Marcus Aurelius, Tallulah Bankhead, Alvan L. Barach, Djuna Barnes, Natalie Clifford Barney, Bernard Baruch, Vicki Baum, Pierre de Beaumarchais, Brendan Behan, David Ben-Gurion, Robert Benchley, Stella Benson, Nicolas Bentley, John Berryman, Aneurin Bevan, Ambrose Bierce, Josh Billings (Henry Wheeler Shaw), Lord Birkett, Violet Bonham-Carter (Lady Asquith), George Borrow, Richard Brautigan, Bertolt Brecht, Gerald Brenan, Fanny Brice, Vera Brittain, Fawn M. Brodie, Heywood Broun, Lenny Bruce, Charles Bukowski, Luis Buñuel, Anthony Burgess, Gelett Burgess, William Burroughs, Samuel Butler, Lord Byron, Herb Caen, Truman Capote, Francesco Caraccioli, Emily Carr, Lewis Carroll, Angela Carter, Sébastien-Roch Nicolas de Chamfort, Raymond Chandler, Charlie Chaplin, Lord Chesterfield, Maurice Chevalier, Agatha Christie, Sir Winston Churchill, Claud Cockburn, Frank Moore Colby, Cyril Connolly, James Connolly, Quentin Crisp, e. e. cummings, Edward Dahlberg, Salvador Dali, Benjamin Disraeli, J. Frank Dobie, Albert Einstein, William M. Evarts, Bernard Falk, Gustave Flaubert, Ian Fleming, E. M. Forster, Benjamin Franklin, Paul Gallico, W. S. Gilbert, George Glass, Oliver Goldsmith, Paul Goodman, Ruth Gordon, Thomas C. Haliburton, Ian Hay, William Hazlitt, A. P. Herbert, Benny Hill, Alfred Hitchcock, Anthony Hope (Sir Anthony Hope Hawkins), Kin Hubbard (F. McKinney), W. R. Inge, Robert G. Ingersoll, Washington Irving, Alice James, Alfred Jarry, Jerome K. Jerome, Douglas Jerrold, Gerald W. Johnson, Pamela Hansford Johnson, Samuel Johnson, Alphonse Karr, John F. Kennedy, Dorothy Kilgallen, Karl Kraus, Joseph Wood Krutch, Jean de La Bruyère, Jean de La Fontaine, Jean-François de La Harpe, François, Duc de La Rochefoucauld, Charles Lamb, Andrew Lang, Johann Kaspar Lavater, Stanislaw Lec, Oscar Levant, Abraham Lincoln, Walter Lippmann, David Lloyd George, Sir Robert Bruce Lockhart, Anita Loos, Clare Boothe Luce, Robert Lynd, Archibald MacLeish, Harold Macmillan, Don Marquis, Harriet Martineau, Groucho Marx, John Masefield, Cardinal Jules Mazarin, Mary McCarthy, Marshall McLuhan, Lord Melbourne, H. L. Mencken, Wilson Mizner, Marilyn Monroe, George Moore, Hannah More, Christopher Morley, J. L. Motley, Malcolm Muggeridge, Ethel Watts Mumford, Arthur Murphy, Ogden Nash, George Jean Nathan, O. Henry (William Sydney Porter), Flannery O'Connor, Georgia O'Keeffe, John Oldham, Marcel Pagnol, Dorothy Parker, C. Northcote Parkinson, Norman Parkinson, Cesare Pavese, S. J. Perelman, Pablo Picasso, Ezra Pound, Anthony Powell, V. S. Pritchett, Raymond Radiguet, Sir Walter Ralegh, Jeannette Rankin, Sam Rayburn, Theodor Reik, Ad Reinhardt, Jules Renard, James Reston, Jean Paul Richter, Victor Robinson, Will Rogers, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Lord Rosebery, Harold Rosenberg, Helen Rowland, Saki (H. H. Munro), Carl Sandburg, Dorothy L. Sayers, Daniel Schorr, Charles Schulz, Paul Scott, Charles Scribner, Jr., Ellery Sedgwick, John Selden, George Bernard Shaw, Fulton J. Sheen, Robert E. Sherwood, Dame Edith Sitwell, Cornelia Otis Skinner, Logan Pearsall Smith, Adela Rogers St. Johns, Madame de Staël, John Steinbeck, Edith Mendel Stern, Adlai Stevenson, J. August Strindberg, Jonathan Swift, Booth Tarkington, Bert Leston Taylor, James Thurber, Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree, Lionel Trilling, Mark Twain, Charles Dudley Warner, Orson Welles, Mae West, Oscar Wilde, and Alexander Woollcott.





Memorable Quotations:
James Baldwin

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Memorable Quotations: James Baldwin
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James Arthur Baldwin (1924-1987) was born in Harlem, New York City. The firstborn of nine children, his stepfather was a minister. When he was fourteen, Baldwin became a preacher at the small Fireside Pentecostal Church in Harlem. After graduating from high school, he moved to Greenwich Village. In the early 1940s, he shifted his faith from religion to literature. Critics, though, note the fervent cadences of Black churches are still apparent in his writing. Go Tell It on the Mountain (1953), his initial novel, is a partly autobiographical description of his youth. His essay collections, Notes of a Native Son (1955), Nobody Knows My Name (1961), and The Fire Next Time (1963), were effective in informing a large white audience.

From 1948, Baldwin made his home mainly in the south of France, but often returned to the United States to lecture or teach. He began spending half of each year in New York City in 1957. His novels include Giovanni's Room (1956), about a white American expatriate who must come to terms with his homosexuality, and Another Country (1962), about racial and gay sexual anxieties among New York intellectuals. His inclusion of gay themes resulted in a lot of ferocious criticism from the Black community. Baldwin's play, Blues for Mister Charlie, was produced in 1964. Going to Meet the Man (1965) and Tell Me How Long the Train's Been Gone (1968) presented compelling descriptions of American racism. As an openly gay man, he became more and more candid in attacking discrimination against lesbian and gay people.





Memorable Quotations:
New England Writers

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Memorable Quotations:
New England Writers
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Abigail Smith Adams, Henry Brooks Adams, John Adams, John Quincy Adams, Samuel Adams, A. Bronson Alcott, Louisa May Alcott, Thomas Bailey Aldrich, Fred Allen, Susan Brownell Anthony, Isaac Asimov, Clara Barton, Robert Benchley, Louise Bogan, Louis D. Brandeis, William Cullen Bryant, John Cheever, Lydia M. Child, E. E. Cummings, Edward Dahlberg, John Dewey, Emily Dickinson, W. E. B. Du Bois, Will Durant, Mary Baker Eddy, T. S. Eliot, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Benjamin Franklin, Robert Frost, Margaret Fuller, William Lloyd Garrison, Susan Glaspell, Ruth Gordon, Spalding Gray, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Alice Hoffman, Oliver Wendell Holmes, John Irving, Helen Hunt Jackson, Sarah Orne Jewett, John F. Kennedy, Jack Kerouac, Galway Kinnell, Timothy Leary, Henry Cabot Lodge, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, H. P. Lovecraft, Amy Lawrence Lowell, James Russell Lowell, Herman Melville, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Wendell Phillips, Sylvia Plath, Ann Plato, Edgar Allan Poe, George Santayana, Anne Sexton, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Anne Sullivan, Paul Theroux, Henry David Thoreau, Mark Twain, Daniel Webster, Edith Wharton, and John Greenleaf Whittier.





Memorable Quotations:
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Memorable Quotations:
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Memorable Quotations:
Samuel Butler

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Memorable Quotations: Samuel Butler
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Samuel Butler (1835–1902) was an English author, painter, and composer. After accumulating a fortune in New Zealand as a sheep rancher, he returned to England, where he worked in the arts and in biology. He is best known as a writer. Erewhon, a novel in which he satirized English social and economic injustices, appeared in 1872, and Erewhon Revisited in 1901. His ironic, droll attack on Victorian life, the autobiographical The Way of All Flesh (1903), is rated among the important English novels.





Memorable Quotations:
U.S. Democrats of the Past

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Memorable Quotations:
U.S. Democrats of the Past
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Bella Abzug, William J. Brennan, William Jennings Bryan, Shirley Chisholm, Grover Cleveland, Samuel J. Ervin, Jr., J. William Fulbright, Hubert H. Humphrey, Andrew Jackson, Andrew Johnson, Lyndon B. Johnson, John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, Eugene McCarthy, Franklin Pierce, James Knox Polk, Sam Rayburn, Eleanor Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Alfred E. Smith, Adlai Stevenson, Harry S. Truman, Martin Van Buren, and Woodrow Wilson.





Memorable Quotations:
U.S. Republicans of the Past

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Memorable Quotations:
U.S. Republicans of the Past
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Spiro T. Agnew, Chester A. Arthur, William E. Borah, Calvin Coolidge, John Foster Dulles, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Gerald R. Ford, James A. Garfield, Barry Goldwater, Ulysses S. Grant, Warren Gamaliel Harding, Benjamin Harrison, Herbert Hoover, Abraham Lincoln, Henry Cabot Lodge, William McKinley, Jr., Richard M. Nixon, Jeannette Rankin, Ronald Reagan, Thomas Brackett Reed, Theodore Roosevelt, Carl Schurz, William Howard Taft, and Wendell Willkie.





Memorable Quotations:
Walter Lippmann

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Memorable Quotations: Walter Lippmann
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Born in New York City, Walter Lippmann (1889–1974) was an American journalist. After serving on the editorial staff of the New York World (1921–31), he began writing an extremely influential syndicated column, initially for the New York Herald Tribune (1931–62), later for the Washington Post (1962–67). His column and his numerous books made him renowned as an analyst of temperate detachment and incisiveness.





Memorable Quotations:
Women Journalists of the Past

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Memorable Quotations:
Women Journalists of the Past
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Shana Alexander, Vicki Baum, Erma Bombeck, Willa Cather, Carrie Chapman Catt, Dorothy Day, Dorothy Dix, Rheta Childe Dorr, Martha Gellhorn, Ann Landers, Dorothy Kilgallen, Clare Boothe Luce, Frances Marion, Agnes Meyer, Margaret Mitchell, Katherine Anne Porter, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Helen Rowland, Adela Rogers St. Johns, Ida Tarbell, Dorothy Thompson, Rebecca West, and Ella Wheeler Wilcox.





Memorable Quotations:
Women Playwrights of the Past

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Memorable Quotations:
Women Playwrights of the Past
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Zoe Akins, Margery Allingham, Djuna Barnes, Vicki Baum, Aphra Behn, Sarah Bernhardt, Agatha Christie, Zona Gale, Susan Glaspell, Ruth Gordon, Lady Gregory, Lillian Hellman, Jean Kerr, Anita Loos, Clare Boothe Luce, Elisabeth Marbury, Carson McCullers, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Hannah More, Ethel Watts Mumford, Iris Murdoch, Baroness Orczy, Dorothy Parker, Katherine Fowler Philips, Ayn Rand, Mary Roberts Rinehart, Muriel Rukeyser, Françoise Sagan, Valerie Solanas, Muriel Spark, Mae West, and Marguerite Yourcenar.





Memorable Quotations:
Women Poets of the Past

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Memorable Quotations:
Women Poets of the Past
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Zoe Akins, Josephine Dodge Daskam Bacon, Djuna Barnes, Aphra Behn, Sarah Bernhardt, Louise Bogan, Mary Gardiner Brainard, Anne Bronte, Emily Bronte, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Jane Welsh Carlyle, Willa Cather, Marceline Desbordes-Valmore, Babette Deutsch, Emily Dickinson, Janet Frame, June Jordan, Amy Lawrence Lowell, Marguerite of Navarre, Marie de France, Phyllis McGinley, Alice Meynell, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Alice Duer Miller, Marianne Moore, Hannah More, Iris Murdoch, Dorothy Parker, Sylvia Plath, Laura Riding, Mary Roberts Rinehart, Muriel Rukeyser, Margaret Sackville, Vita Sackville-West, May Sarton, Anne Sexton, Dame Edith Sitwell, Elizabeth Smart, Muriel Spark, Leonora Speyer, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Saint Teresa of Avila, Marina Tsvetaeva, Edith Wharton, Ella Wheeler Wilcox, and Marguerite Yourcenar.





Memories Are Like Clouds

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Memories Are Like Clouds
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Memories Are Like Clouds
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Memories Are Like Clouds immediately drifts back to childhood after the funeral of a soldier killed in Vietnam. Kenny and his sister Diana's young world was the mill-town neighborhood they inhabited with Eastern European immigrants and their offspring during the Eisenhower fifties. This touching memoir is a fond remembrance of growing up when life seemed simple.

Gliding on the porch swing while listening to their mother's stories of her youth, counting dead goldfish at the five-and-ten cent store, playing pick-up baseball games down near the dump, collecting Ralph Kiner and Stan Musial baseball cards, helping Daddy at his candy business, devouring Sgt. Rock comic books, and running numbers for the neighborhood bookie in a housedress filled those innocent days in East Vandergrift, Pennsylvania.

In this book readers will meet dozens of memorable characters: Mrs. Trotaskovich, the widow across the street, who called her bowels "barrels" and ate prunes from morning till night; Herr Fromer, the traveling baker who sang opera on the radio; Cazzy and Sousha, the town's biggest gossips; Uncle Caz, who could tell when it was going to rain by the shrapnel pain in his back; the hunchback of All Saints Polish Roman Catholic Church; normally sweet Uncle Bobby, a Tourette's Syndrome sufferer; witchy Mitzy, the candy store owner; Mr. Jaztremsky, the washing machine repairman and Bataan Death March survivor; Mutzy Futzy, the neighborhood bully; war heroes Man Mountain and the PNA janitor.

Weaved together here are the universal and the particular, experiences shared with millions of other baby boomers (that first television set, polio season, iceboxes, telephone party lines, drive-in movies, "Amos 'n Andy," hula hoops, the milk man, Davy Crockett coonskin hats, Sputnik) and those individuals and situations unique to a specific place or family (the ragman and his tired old horse, Father Shezocki's rumored-wife, the Polish Barber's dirty adventure magazines, Bupchie's chicken coop, shotgun weddings at the Slovak Club).

Every page has something wonderful--a perfect turn of phrase, a trace of quiet wisdom. Here are great teachers, crabby neighbors, pious sinners, and valiant men and women, the everyday heroes who faced disaster with good cheer and usually muddled through.

This coming-of-age tale, filled with hope and old-fashioned values, will delight and engage and then, long afterward, persist in memory.





A SAIGON PARTY:
And Other Vietnam War Short Stories

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by Diana J. Dell

A Saigon Party:
And Other Vietnam War Short Stories
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A Saigon Party:
And Other Vietnam War Short Stories
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In 1970, two years after her brother Kenny was killed in the Mekong Delta, Diana Dell went to Vietnam as a civilian with USO. For the first six months, she was a program director at the USO Aloha Club at 32nd Replacement Battalion in Cam Ranh Bay, then this humanitarian organization's in-country director of public relations, and also the host of a daily radio show, "USO Showtime," on American Forces Vietnam Network (AFVN), the military station in Saigon.

As an eyewitness to the most significant event of the coming-of-age Baby Boom Generation, she claims that she will be telling war stories until her final moment on this earth.

However, Diana’s tales--some exaggerated, many true--are not about battles, blood, gore, or angst. They are about participants of the war other than grunts: CIA agents, bar girls, war profiteers, missionaries, donut dollies, strippers, civilian contractors, pilots, cooks, telephone operators, disc jockeys, rock stars, landladies, pedicab drivers, generals, Buddhist monks, movie stars, pickpockets, politicians, prostitutes, prisoners, beggars, nightclub owners, drug counselors, Montagnard tribesmen, foreign correspondents, ambassadors, doctors, humanitarians, celebrity tourists, and other REMFs, civilian as well as military.

Irreverent, scornful, profane, sardonic, creative, clever, cynical, unique, sarcastic, original, satirical, witty, trenchant, intelligent, cheeky, and insightful are a few of the words used to describe A Saigon Party: And Other Vietnam War Short Stories, which includes:

"Barbie and Ken Experience the War"

"A Pedicab Driver Peddles Through History"

"Sunning on the Deck"

"A CIA Hired Wife Bares Her Soul"

"The 4th of July"

"Major Holloway, Lifer"

"The Vietnamese Rock Star Interview on AFVN"

"Yolanda's Favorite Beggar"

"Saigon Rumors"

"Barbie's Combat Zone Diary"

"General Westmoreland's Houseboy (and VC Spy) Talks"

"The Library Card"

"The Glazed Donut Dolly Reminisces"

"The Philanthropic Executives"

"The War Through Pamela Rose's Eyes"

"A Saigon Warrior's Journal"

"Rob Clawson, Soldier of Fortune"

"The VC Colonel, a.k.a. Hannah"

"The American Journalist's Deathbed Confession"

"Dan Quayle's Double"





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