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Most Recent Book Title
Women Writers Buried in Virginia
Book Description
America has an array of women writers who have made history—and many of them lived, died and were buried in Virginia. Gothic novelists, writers of westerns and African American poets, these writers include a Pulitzer Prize winner, the first woman writer to be named poet laureate of the Commonwealth of Virginia and the first woman to top the bestseller lists in the twentieth century. Mary Roberts Rinehart was a best-selling mystery author often called the “American Agatha Christie.” Anne Spencer was an important figure in the Harlem Renaissance. V.C. Andrews was so popular that when she died, a court ruled that her name was taxable, and the poetry of Susan Archer Talley Weiss received praise from Edgar Allan Poe. Professor and cemetery history enthusiast Sharon Pajka has written a guide to their accomplishments in life and to their final resting places.
Location (city/state/country)
Hanover, Virginia
Author bio
Sharon Pajka, PhD, is a professor of English at Gallaudet University. She is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, Gallaudet University and the University of Virginia. She has a certificate in public history from the University of Richmond. On the weekends, find her in the cemetery giving history tours or volunteering, as well as running River City Cemetarians.
Professional Speaker Topics
Deaf characters in adolescent literature; women writers from Virginia
Favorite Quote or Personal Motto

For all sad words of tongue and pen, the saddest are these, “It might have been.” – John Greenleaf Whittier (from "Maud Muller")

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