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APM: The Writer's Almanac

This day in literary history

Published: Fri, 28 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0600

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The Writer's Almanac

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0600

Friday's Poem: “Message for the Disheartened” by Patricia Fargnoli from Winter. Friday's Literary Notes: It's the birthday of convicted murderer and best-selling detective novelist Anne Perry, born Juliet Hulme in London (1938). She had tuberculosis, and her doctor said she wouldn't survive another winter in England, so she was sent away to live in the Bahamas, and then South Africa. She rejoined her family when she was 13, after her father — a well-known physicist — got a job as a president of a university in Christchurch, New Zealand. She became close friends with a classmate, Pauline Parker, who also struggled with health issues. When Juliet was confined to a sanatorium for several months, she exchanged daily letters with Pauline. They created an elaborate fantasy world together; they were both working on novels, which they were convinced were brilliant. They planned to run away to New York together, find publishers for their novels, and then make them into Hollywood movies — they would be actresses and they would handpick famous actors to star in their films.

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