By Valerie Raleigh Yow
The seven novels of North Carolina author Bernice Kelly Harris (1894–1973) have been released to overseas acclaim within the Nineteen Forties, and her performs have been produced on tv within the Nineteen Fifties. but, regardless of her luck at midlife, she spent her final years suffering to make ends meet and was once almost unknown by the point of her dying. during this compelling biography—the first full-scale lifetime of Harris considering 1955 and the 1st to make use of unpublished autobiographical writings and exclusive letters—Valerie Raleigh Yow brings Harris again into the highlight, revealing a rare girl who thrived artistically whereas residing a rather traditional existence. Yow’s intimate portrait of Harris exhibits her responding to society’s strictures by way of exploring in fiction the trails no longer open to her in actual existence. writer BIO: Valerie Raleigh Yow, a background professor for a few years, is an autonomous student and a counselor in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She is the writer of a number of books, together with Recording Oral heritage: A advisor for the arts and Social Sciences and The historical past of Hera: A Woman’s paintings Cooperative.
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While at home, she had tried to slump so she would not attract attention; now she was with older girls and her height was no longer embarrassing. She was dark-haired, slim, and lovely. 49 Bernice Kelly had a grand graduation at Cary High School; her mother and sister Rachel Floyd made a silk dress for her to wear. Next year, she went to Meredith College, a Baptist college for women, founded in 1891 and situated in the heart of Raleigh. This was the era when religious groups, especially Baptists, objected to the direction education was taking.
This was the first public high school in the area, and it was a boarding school. Although it was only about twenty miles away, she could not often repeat the expensive forty-five-minute train ride home. But she soon adjusted to living in a dormitory and liked it. She had grown tall. While at home, she had tried to slump so she would not attract attention; now she was with older girls and her height was no longer embarrassing. She was dark-haired, slim, and lovely. 49 Bernice Kelly had a grand graduation at Cary High School; her mother and sister Rachel Floyd made a silk dress for her to wear.
As an historian, I have been fascinated with the way an individual life reveals the intersection of culture, historical moment, and the particular. As a psychologist, I have been intrigued with the way emotions are interpreted by the individual in terms of culturally approved feelings. As a woman, I have been observant of the way Bernice Kelly Harris took care of the homely tasks of daily living and in the process created her own vision of a meaningful life. And so this book is in its details the narration of a particular woman's life, but I hope it partakes in a general way of the life of Every Woman.