Daughter of Edward Bernays, known as "the father of Public Relations," and the grandniece of Sigmund Freud, Anne Bernays has made a name for herself in the literary world. Author of the influential writing textbook What If?: Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers, she is perhaps best known for her stirring novels, including Professor Romeo and Trophy House.
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Date of Birth:
September 14, 1930
Place of Birth:
New York, New York
Wellesley College, 1948-1950; B A., Barnard College, 1952
Edward Lewis Wallant Award, 1976; Residency, Bellagio (Rockefeller Foundation) 1991
|Our Book Club Pick|
Bernays's latest novel is a witty and wistful love story about a marriage approaching middle age and a Cape Cod house that has proven a haven from emotional storms for illustrator Dannie Faber. But as wealthy new residents transform the area, and an unseen rift puts a new strain on Dannie's marriage, will everything she has come to cherish be lost?
|"Most writers have so many rejections that we have had to develop hides like hippos, while keeping our delicate antennae in good working order," Bernays explains when we asked her about her path toward publication. "My favorite rejection was for my first novel. The editor wrote my agent that he was sorry to have kept the manuscript so long, 'but my secretary's dog was sick.'"|
|Emma (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)|
When we asked Bernays to tell us about some of her all-time favorite books, she mentioned Jane Austen's classic tale of Emma, the merry matchmaker: "It's funny, it's sad, it's shocking. It's a whole world encompassed in about a five-mile radius. How does she do it?"
|The Emperor's Last Island|
Bernays also notes Julia Blackburn's The Emperor's Last Island as a favorite read. "Who would have thought that a book about Napoleon's final days on a god-forsaken island could hold the reader in its iron grip?" she muses. Read on to learn more about Bernays's best-loved books, including:
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