The Miss Dennis School of Writing and Other Lessons from A Woman's Life

The Miss Dennis School of Writing and Other Lessons from A Woman's Life

by Alice Steinbach

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The first book by Pulitzer Prize winner Alice Steinbach is an intimate, personal collection of essays, remembrances, and columns that follows in the creative nonfiction tradition of Anna Quindlen and May Sarton. While it recounts the experience and observations of a divorced, working mother, it expresses hopes and fears universal to all women.

Steinbach focuses on the big and small things of life: the bond between lifelong friends; coming to grips with loss; the quiet, everyday moments between parents and child; the spiritual connection to nature; the realities of being a single parent. She writes of the people who’ve touched her own life: the influential teacher; the worldly aunt; the writer hero; the woman she sees regularly at a bus stop as both head to work. She offers us beautifully written lessons she’s learned during a lifetime of changes and challenges.

As a nationally distributed Baltimore Sun columnist and feature writer, and as a writer for Glamour, McCall’s, Redbook, Woman’s Day, and Reader’s Digest, Steinbach clearly qualifies as one of the best of today’s literary journalists. Because she sees the world through such clear eyes, and fashions sentences with such an obvious love of language, readers of Miss Dennis will come away in touch with the thread of humanity that weaves through their lives, in touch with the memories of their own childhoods and experiences. They will be both uplifted and enriched.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781890862107
Publisher: Bancroft Press
Publication date: 08/20/1996
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 307
File size: 363 KB

About the Author

Alice Steinbach, a journalist since 1977, was a reporter, feature writer, and columnist for the Baltimore Sun until 1999. In 1985, she won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing. In the years since, she has won many major awards for both her reporting and her column, which ran from 1989 through 1993. Her work was distributed nationally on the Los Angeles Times-Washington Post wire service. She has been a freelance writer since 1999. She was appointed the 1998-1999 McGraw Professor of Writing at Princeton University and is currently a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow.

Steinbach, along with Anna Quindlen and Molly Ivins, is one of nine women journalists featured in Women on Deadline: A Collection of America's Best. Her work has also appeared in several other books on journalism: The Complete Book of Feature Writing; Writing: Strategies for All Disciplines; and Feature Writing for Newspapers and Magazines. Steinbach did radio commentary for several years, as well as a call-in talk show for WBAL Radio in Baltimore, MD. In 1994, she was a commentator for WJZ-TV in Baltimore.

Her work as a freelance journalist has appeared in many major magazines and newspapers, including Glamour, McCall's, Redbook, Woman's Day, Reader's Digest, The Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, San Francisco Examiner, Chicago Sun Times, Boston Globe, and other newspapers. In 1991 and 1992, she taught a senior seminar in Creative Nonfiction Writing at Loyola College in Baltimore.

Steinbach lives in her native Baltimore. She has two grown sons.


Baltimore, Maryland

Place of Birth:

Baltimore, Maryland


University of London, England

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