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Old 01-30-2013, 12:51 PM   #1
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name of author

I spent an hour using google today trying to find the name of this author:

she was a best selling novelist, American, around and about
the year 1900, I think. she had a difficult personality and
got into public arguments with friends and foes alike.

does anyone know her name?
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Old 01-30-2013, 12:56 PM   #2
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I spent an hour using google today trying to find the name of this author:

she was a best selling novelist, American, around and about
the year 1900, I think. she had a difficult personality and
got into public arguments with friends and foes alike.

does anyone know her name?
That's very, very vague.

I'll start the guessing with Mary Johnston? Though I'd argue the 'difficult personality' bit - for any woman of the era, honestly.

How will you know who's right?
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Old 01-30-2013, 04:15 PM   #3
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Did the author specifically write Christian fic? If not, I'll move this to bookclub, where the question will get a wider audience.
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The first person to pop into my mind is: Dorothy Parker, but I don't think she was known as a "Christian" writer.
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Old 01-30-2013, 09:26 PM   #5
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yes, a christian fiction novelist.

it's not dorothy parker or mary johnston
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Do you have any book titles? Even partial titles? The only female C-fic author I know of from around that time is Edna Lyall. I don't know a thing about her personality, though.
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Old 02-01-2013, 09:18 AM   #7
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According to this: http://www.oocities.org/helenvict0r/Lyall.html
Edna Lyall is English, not American. No mention of her having a difficult personality, but she was apparently a supporter of 'free-thinkers', Home Rule, and Women's Suffrage. This, and her interest in politics, opposition to the Boer War, and similar, especially in her era, might have marked her as a woman of strong opinions, which frequently translates as 'difficult'.
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Thanks, frimble. I own one book of hers (We Two) and should've known she was English. It's overwritten and sopping with sweetness--but it skewers people who use religion as a weapon and its MC has one of the most realistic conversion experiences I've ever read.
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I can't think of anyone like that save for maybe Agnes Sligh Turnbull, but I never heard she was difficult to know.
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Pearl Buck? Certainly was a very outspoken human rights activist, in case that counts as a "difficult personality".
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