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"Still, even though Adams is on the phone primarily to pitch the movie, she also wants to beat the drums for Winifred Watson's 1938 novel which languished unremembered for more than half a century until it was rediscovered in 2000 by the enterprising London publishing firm of Persephone Books. Watson, who was born in 1906, published only six novels during her lifetime, and tended to do her writing in the evening after washing the family dishes."

"When Geraldine Farrar announced to the world that, at 40, she would retire from opera, none but close friends took her seriously. She was still in her heyday—gay, darkly handsome, alive with magnetism. While Caruso was the great voice at the Metropolitan, she was filling the old house with glamour and excitement. Her 40th birthday came on Feb. 28, 1922. Less than two months later she gave her farewell performance. That memorable afternoon streamers were hurled from the balconies, flowers and confetti were piled on the stage. A great audience stood and cheered through its tears."

"Abbie was active as a studio photographer in the small coastal town of Ferndale, California (nearly 300 miles north of San Francisco), from 1897-1907. Ferndale's main claim to fame was the fact that it was the "furthest west town in America." Its population was about 1,000, and its principal business was dairy farming. The dominant ethnic groups were of Danish, Portuguese, Swiss, and Italian origins. Rural in the extreme, Ferndale easily fits today's notion of a "frontier town," or "cultural backwater," even though it was the largest community in the immediate area."

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  • Dec 4, 2006
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