Today’s Birthday: Mary Roberts Rinehart (1876)

Mary Roberts Rinehart (1876)

Rinehart was a popular American author considered the inventor of the Had-I-But-Known school of mystery writing. Her immensely successful first novel, The Circular Staircase launched her career, and her books, which often blend mystery with humor and romance, have sold over 10 million copies. She was a war correspondent during WWI and wrote several books promoting women’s contributions to the war effort. What popular phrase is said to have been inspired by her 1930 novel The Door? More… Discuss

An  interesting fact, from her biography:
Left-handed at a time when that was considered inappropriate, she was trained to use her right hand instead.”
This reminds me of my left-handedness, therefore I can relate to her struggle to learn how to write with her right hand, as I experienced myself the ordeal: I don’t know how children are educated in the lately, but going to school in Romania in the sixties, implied you’ll write with your right hand. Even now, when I see people writing with their left hand, I cannot but ask myself how it might feel to be afforded this, fundamental natural freedom. On the other hand, While writing is just about the only task I attend to with my right, I would have to learn to feed myself, if it was not for my left. I think I envy the ambidextrous, just a bit.” 

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