Marion Dane Bauer
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My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Life is a gift.
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. But and and.
Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A. Emotional honesty, openness, empathy.
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. I would love to be able to sing and to draw, to do carpentry and to fix a motor, but I have to be content with playing with words.
Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
A. Pretty quiet.
September 24, 2013The first time I wrote a novel in verse, Little Dog, Lost, I felt as though I had just stepped onto the moon. After forty years of writing and publishing, I was doing something entirely new . . . for me. In fact, I was doing something I had disapproved of in times past. “Poetry novels,” I had been known to expound, with my nose pointed rather high, “are too often neither. They aren’t poetry and they don’t work as novels.”
It goes without saying that the world... see more
September 20, 2013
Last week I talked about an e-mail from a student. Here is one I just received from another reader:
Dear Mrs. Bauer,
My name is Mia and I am 8 years old. I am home schooled. I found one of your
books at the... see more
September 20, 2013This is a letter I received from a fellow writer and reader of my blog after I talked last week about one reader’s reaction to A Very Little Princess, a young novel of mine some adults consider too painful for young readers.
Thank you, Moira. I will let your good letter speak for itself:
Dear Marion Dane Bauer,
Your latest webpage column, “Really Touched Me,” really... see more
September 20, 2013My mother lied to me when I was a child.
Now, I don’t want to be hard on her. After all, I grew up at a time when lying to children was routine. Any topic that embarrassed adults was deemed inappropriate for kids—sex, bodily functions, adult foibles of all kinds, finances, birth, death . . . sex.
My mother, however, was probably better at lying than most. She not only lied with her silence on all those terrible topics. When asked a direct question she lied to my face.
An example: Not... see more