Edmonia Lewis and her brother became orphaned at the age of ten. Edmonia original name was Wildfire and her brother name was Sunrise. When their two aunts adopted and took them to northern New York, that’s when their name changed to Edmonia Lewis and Samuel W. Lewis. A bright education for her future, Edmonia went to prep school and Oberlin College in 1859. Not being able to finish College because of two white girls accused her of poisoning them and was not able to finish her last year.
When she was eighteen Sophia was introduced to Leo Tolstoy, who began to visit the family often. Although it was thought that he favored her elder sister, Lisa, Leo proposed to Sophia on September 17, 1862. The couple was married a mere week later, in Moscow, and immediately retreated to the Tolstoy family estate, Yasnaya Polyana. Sophia had been keeping a diary from the time she was eleven but had it destroyed just before the wedding. On the other hand, in an act similar to a character created in his work Anna Karenina, Leo asked his new bride to read his personal diaries.
Toni Morrison and the Bluest Eye Toni Morrison was born Chloe Anthony Wofford in February 18, 1931. Her parents were, Ramah Willis Wofford, mother and her father was George Wofford (Johnson Lewis 2010). She had family who were immigrants and sharecroppers from both of her parents’ side. They lived in Lorain, Ohio were she was the only African America student in her first grade classroom (Bois 1996). Both of her parents were hardworking, while growing up, Morrison also learned folktales and stories that taught her about her heritage (Bois 1996).
(Ewell) Kate experienced much loss at a young age, three of her family members died by the time she was thirteen. The first death was of her father on November 1st, 1855 from a train accident leaving her mother to raise the children with the help of Kate’s grandmother and great grandmother. When she was thirteen, her great grandmother and half brother passed away a month apart. Her great grandmother was rumored to be a great influence on her from her story telling and encouragement. (Ewell) During her school years Chopin attended St. Louis Academy of the Sacred Heart, there she was encouraged to write and express herself.
Her parents were both slaves, but her grandmother had been emancipated and owned her own home, earning a living as a baker. When Jacobs was six years old, her mother died, and she was sent to the home of her mother's mistress, Margaret Horniblow. Horniblow taught the young Jacobs to read, spell, and sew; she died when Jacobs was eleven or twelve and willed Jacobs to Mary Matilda Norcom, Horniblow's threeyear-old niece. While living in the Norcom household, Jacobs suffered the sexual harassment of Dr. James
Both wanted Sarah Yates but Eng won her over and Chang had become content with Adelaide. They had a double wedding and quickly because people threatened them and disapproved of them. They went on to have twenty one children in thirty one years. The Bunker family had unconventional living arrangements. The two purchased a large plantation and owned slaves to work on it and raised tobacco.
A major portion of her life was spent in the belief that her family fled for political reasons, but it was only until 1997 that she came to know the truth that her family was Jewish and that three of her grandparents were victims of the holocaust. In 1948, her family moved to United States when she was only eleven. (Nolan, 2) America proved to be fortunate for the moving family as immediately after their settlement, School of International Studies at the University of Denver selected her father as Dean. Mainly, her schooling was done at Kent Denver School in Denver. In 1959, she graduated from Wesley College with a B.A.
Analyzing and Interpreting Literature 5 Dec 2011 Flannery O’Conner: The Displaced Person Flannery O’Conner was born on the 25th of March, 1925 in Savannah, Georgia where she spent much of her childhood. When her father was diagnosed with lupus she moved with her family to the rural town of Milledgeville where she lived along with other members of her mother’s family. In 1945 she was awarded a journalism scholarship to attend Iowa State University. (Flannery) It was there that she would decide to pursue a career in fiction rather than fact. After graduating with a Masters in Fine Arts O’Connor spent the next several years living and writing in New York State until she was diagnosed with Lupus, the disease that had killed her father.
When Angelou was 12 years old an educated black woman from Stamps by the name of Bertha Flowers helped her to break this silence. Angelou graduated at the top of her Morrison 2 eighth grade class in Stamps, Arkansas. Because of the racial issues in Stamps, their grandmother thought it was in the best interest of the children to move them to California. Angelou attended George Washington High School where she studied dance, music and drama. At the age of seventeen Angelou graduated from high school and gave birth to a son Guy Bailey Johnson.
(Koloski 3). Kate died on August 22, 1904 of a cerebral hemorrhage. Kate began school in 1855 at the St. Louis Academy of the Sacred Heart. There she met the best friend of her youth, Katherine Garesche` whom Kate lovingly called “Kitty.” Kitty chose to join the Sacred Heart Convent in 1870 (Seyersted 18). Later Kate attended one year at the Academy of the Visitation (Koloski 3-4) from which she graduated June 1868 (Seyersted 23).