Anne McCaffrey: A Life with Dragons

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Univ. Press of Mississippi, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 258 pages
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Mississippi State University was founded in 1878 and opened its doors in 1880 as a land-grant school de-signed for teaching agriculture and mechanical arts. Building upon the work of John K. Bettersworth, Michael B. Ballard traces the evolution of this institution. From the beginning, first president Stephen D. Lee wanted to expand the university\'s vi-sion beyond agriculture and engineering. While admit-ting that these should be the focal points, the school gra-dually introduced studies in the humanities. The university evolved around the expectation of being the \"People\'s Col-lege, \" drawing students from rural areas and poor back-grounds and giving them a chance to succeed in higher education. There remains a broad cross-section in the student body from many backgrounds, including a substantial number of African American and international students. This kind of mix, which extends to the faculty, has strengthened the research capabilities of the university and broadened the academic landscape in ways Lee never dreamed. The author covers many other facets of MSU, such as how it has been affected by national events through the years, including the Great Depression, World Wars I and II, and the civil rights movement of the 1960s. Michael B. Ballard is the university archivist and coordinator of the Congressional and Political Research Center at Mississippi State University. He is the author of numerous books on the Civil War, including Pemberton: The General Who Lost Vicksburg and Civil War Mississippi: A Guide, both from University Press of Mississippi.
 

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Robert's intriguing biography of the legendary Dragon Lady of Pern provides a fascinating overview of Anne McCaffrey's life along with some keen insights into how her career developed. A trail blazer ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Chapter 1 An Irish Family Heritage
16
Chapter 2 Adolescence and a Time of War
44
Chapter 3 College Days and Marriage
66
Chapter 4 Annie and Virginia
96
Chapter 5 Emigration and a BestSeller
119
Chapter 6 Struggling with Success
152
Chapter 7 Being a Fairy Godmother
174
Chapter 8 The Grand Master
204
Source Notes
219
Works Cited
233
Index
237
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Robin René Roberts was born on November 23, 1960. She received a degree in communications from Southeastern Louisiana University in 1983. She is a television broadcaster and anchor of ABC's morning show Good Morning America. In 2007, she was diagnosed with an early form of breast cancer. In 2012, she was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome, a disease of the bone marrow. ESPN awarded its Arthur Ashe Courage Award to Roberts at the 2013 ESPYs. She has written several nonfiction works including Basketball the Right Way, From the Heart: Seven Rules to Live By, and Everybody's Got Something.

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