American Writers (American Biographies) by Elizabeth H. Oakes

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In 1933 Anderson married Eleanor Copenhaver, a Marion County native. The two traveled extensively throughout the South, touring factories and studying labor conditions, which became the theme of many of his works during the 1930s. During his lifetime, Anderson authored 27 works, including collections of short stories, seven novels, and several collections of poems. Selected works include Beyond Desire (1932); Death in the Woods and Other Stories (1933); Puzzled America, a book of essays based on his extensive travels throughout the United States (1935); and Kit Brandon, a novel (1936).

Frank’s Campaign was published by Loring at about the same time that Alger took a post as a Unitarian minister, this time in Brewster, Massachusetts. For a time, Alger worked as a minister and wrote stories and novels on the side. His life changed dramatically in 1866 when an investigative committee at the church determined, in response to rumors that were circulating, that Alger had molested two boys. He was charged with pedophilia, which he did not deny. Alger resigned and returned to his parents’ home for a while before moving to New York City to be a full-time writer.

For many years, doctors struggled to identify the cause of her illness. In 2001, she was told that she probably had some kind of immune system reaction to a series of inoculations she had received. In the beginning, she was bedridden and lived with her parents throughout the late 1980s, eventually reaching the point where she could get around again on her own with the use of a wheelchair. She began writing as a response to this illness, resolving on New Year’s Day of 1988 that she would write for two hours a day, three days a week.

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