Literary Birthday – 1 January – Catherine Drinker Bowen


Catherine Drinker Bowen was born 1 January 1897, and died 1 November 1973

Three Quotes

  1. For your born writer, nothing is so healing as the realisation that he has come upon the right word.
  2. Writing, I think, is not apart from living. Writing is a kind of double living. The writer experiences everything twice. Once in reality and once in that mirror which waits always before or behind.
  3. Will the reader turn the page?

Catherine Drinker Bowen was an American writer best known for her biographies. She won the National Book Award for non-fiction. Her works include John Adams and the American Revolution and The Most Dangerous Man in America: Scenes from the Life of Benjamin Franklin.

Image: Library of Congress

by Amanda Patterson

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