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Jennifer Lee Carrell
Author of novels and history. Writing curve: smallpox, Shakespeare, art. Currently at work on historical fiction about my favorite painting, Jan Van Eyck's Arnolfini Wedding.I've wanted to be a writer for as long as I can remember. Early on, my fallback career choices were ballerina and... show more

Author of novels and history. Writing curve: smallpox, Shakespeare, art. Currently at work on historical fiction about my favorite painting, Jan Van Eyck's Arnolfini Wedding.I've wanted to be a writer for as long as I can remember. Early on, my fallback career choices were ballerina and astronaut. Much later, I thought I'd become a Shakespeare professor. Through some strange twists and turns, I've circled back to writing.I was born in Washington, D.C., but I grew up in Arizona. I have a Ph.D. in English from Harvard, along with undergraduate degrees from Oxford and Stanford. I was first pulled into studying literature by the Arthurian legend, and later by Norse sagas, Tolkien, and Shakespeare; my father jokes that I majored in fairy tales. It was something of a surprise to find myself writing thrillers; now I'm turning to historical fiction. Before I began to write books full time, I taught literature and writing at Harvard. Later, I was the classical music critic for the Arizona Daily Star. I've also written a number of pieces for the Smithsonian Magazine. Here's what I think about writing: Storytelling should be an adventure, not just the stringing-together of other people's adventures. On the trail of stories, I have: rappelled from a six-story tower using an emergency hand-tied halter (while writing about the training of firefighters); tracked mountain lions on mule-back through the mountain range Geronimo used as home base and hideout; held Yo-Yo Ma's cello; ridden the roller-coaster ride of a professional cutting horse (herding cattle); and posed for David Hockney on a BBC set while stuffed into a medieval gown originally made for Star Trek, with a red-velvet turban improvised from a set of men's pants perched on my head. From the sublime to the ridiculous -- and all of it wondrousI live in Tucson, AZ, with my husband, son, one very ancient golden retriever, and three cats (who try to help me type out my manuscripts).
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Birth date: March 25
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All Things Book
All Things Book rated it 4 years ago
I originally read this series when I was 13 or 14 and I adored it! Seeing it now reminds me of how joyous reading Anne's books was...perhaps a re-read is in order.
Girl Well Read
Girl Well Read rated it 5 years ago
Simply delightful!
Ronyell (a.k.a Rabbitearsblog)
Ronyell (a.k.a Rabbitearsblog) rated it 5 years ago
Genre: Middle Grade / Friendship / Childhood Year Published: 1983 Number of Pages: 382 pages Date Read: 2/14/2015 Publisher: Grosset and Dunlap Series: Anne of Green Gables #1 “It's been my experience that you can nearly always enjoy things if you make up your mind firmly that you ...
Inked Brownies
Inked Brownies rated it 5 years ago
3.5 stars
E.J. Stevens
E.J. Stevens rated it 5 years ago
Read my mini quickie review, part of the Bibliomystery Mania: For the Love of Books About Books blog post at From the Shadows.
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