What I’m Reading: The Stargazer’s Sister, Carrie Brown

By Beth Ann Fennelly '93

A proponent of the “Great Man Theory,” which holds that history can be explained by the impact of highly influential men who use their power to effect change, would find confirmation in the life of astronomer William Herschel. A proponent of the “Behind every great man is a great woman” theory would find confirmation in his younger sister, Caroline.

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What I’m Reading: Every Father’s Daughter, edited by Margaret McMullan

By Beth Ann Fennelly '93

Margaret McMullan, a writer of novels for both adults and young adults, and a professor at the University of Evansville in Indiana, learned to love books at the knee of her father, Jim McMullan. He was a businessman, not a writer, but they “became literary groupies together,” attending writing conferences and exchanging books, writes the daughter in her editor’s foreword. When her father died of brain cancer in 2011, she found herself not only bereft but wordless.

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Fetching the muse

By Beth Ann Fennelly '93

Inspiration comes from the Latin in + spirare, “to breathe into,” and isn’t it pretty to think so — that the muse will tilt your head back and pinch your nose and give you the kiss of life, breathe into you something necessary, fully formed, inalienable.

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