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Nancy Hale

(1908—1988)


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(1908–88), Boston-born granddaughter of Edward Everett Hale, resident in Virginia since marriage (1942) to bibliographer Fredson Bowers. Her novels include The Young Die Good (1932), about sophisticated New York society; Never Any More (1934), treating antagonisms of three girls whose mothers are friends; The Prodigal Women (1942), about the adolescence of two sisters from the South and their New England friend; Dear Beast (1959), about a Vermont girl's life in Virginia with her Southern husband; and Secrets (1971), fictive reminiscences of a New England woman, akin to her earlier A New England Girlhood (1958). The Life in the Studio (1969) is a real memoir of her youth with her parents, both painters. Stories, often treating emotional situations of women, appear in The Earliest Dreams (1936), Heaven and Hardpan Farm (1957), The Pattern of Perfection (1960), and other volumes, and she also wrote fiction for children. Her biography of the painter Mary Cassatt was published in 1975.

From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.

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