A few years later her family moved again where her dad opened an insurance and real estate office. Willa Cather would later enter the University of Nebraska in 1891 (1). Cather’s plans were to study science, but after one of her professors submitted one of her essays to the school Torres 2 newspaper, The Nebraska State Journal caused her to rethink her career plans (1). Willa Cather would end up participating in many school plays which led her to love music. Later about a year of graduating college she moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where she got a job submitting book reviews (1).
Nelle Harper Lee conveyed her childhood into the character of Scout Finch in her book “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Nelle Harper Lee was born on April 28, 1926. (“The Big Read”) She attended the University of Alabama, where she was apart of the school newspaper. Lee went into law school under her father’s request but soon dropped out realizing it wasn’t her dream. Instead, she moved to New York to pursue writing. While in the process of writing her first novel, Lee spent many years working random jobs to support herself.
I stayed up late to finish reading “Dancing on Broken Glass” by Ka Hancock. This book was an excellent read. This book tells the story of a couple whose love is unconventional but amazingly strong. Lucy is one of the main characters, and she has a family history of breast cancer. After losing her mother to it as well as most women in her family Lucy is unfortunate enough to be diagnosed.
Suddenly Lee had a best seller. Fans wanted more but To Kill a Mockingbird was Lee’s only published novel. The last work under Lee’s name was an essay, over 20 years old now, that she read at the Alabama Heritage Festival in 1983. She has received many awards for her book. Bookstores say that High School and Middle School students account for most of the sales of the novel.
She worked as a maid in a traveling theatrical company, and then, in 1917, the twenty-six-year-old lied about her age to gain admission to the Morgan Academy, graduating from the high school the following year. (“Humanist Profile”) “During her years in school, Zora Hurston was frequently in debt through she worked all sorts of jobs from a manicurist…to a maid for distinguished black families” (I Love Myself When I am Laughing 9). Hurston worked with fellow artists in her time as well including Langston Hughes. “The engaging and gregarious Hurston, together with Langston Hughes and other writers, formed what they called the Niggerati and published the literary magazine, Fire! !, in 1926” (“Humanist Profile”).
Carol Joyce Oates was interested in reading and writing since early age. At age fourteen, her aunt gifted her a typewriter, which inspired her to write. During high school she started writing for a school newspaper and participated in many writing contests. In 1953, at age fifteen, Oates wrote her first novel, though it was rejected by publishers who found it too depressing for teenage audiences. She was the
(“Mary Higgins Clark”) Mary continued to write. She submitted her first work to a magazine at the age of sixteen, but it was rejected. She worked to help support the family by working as a switchboard operator at a local hotel. She often eavesdropped on guests, and dreamed of being a rich and famous author. (“Mary Higgins Clark”) Nora
This is where Sonia got her idea for writing a book about the separation of a mother and her children. Sonia followed Enrique for months as he rode on trains, and traveled through Honduras all the way to America. She did it the same exact way he did, so she could experience what he experienced and felt when he was on his journey. I chose the book Enrique’s Journey because I wanted to find out what drives people to leave their country to illegally enter the United States. I enjoyed the book because it was interesting, and it also wasn’t written like a regular nonfiction book, where all they state are the facts and the reasoning to support it.
“If you have two friends in your lifetime, you're lucky. If you have one good friend, you're more than lucky.” –S.E. Hinton. (quotes) Hinton herself is a rebel. She couldn’t stand the books wrote for young adults so, she began writing her own novel when she was a freshman in high school.
The Woman in Black has been a set text in British schools for many years. I don't think that there has been another Guardian book club where the presence of teenagers who had studied the book in class was so evident as it was when Susan Hill came to discuss her novel. Several seemed to be checking their essay arguments – or their teachers' responses – with the author. "My teacher always seemed very set that the woman in black was there," observed one sixth-form reader. Could the reader not decide that the ghost was a figment of the narrator's fearful imagination, fed by his isolation?