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Book Title: Años de Gracia|
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The author of the book: Margaret Ayer Barnes
Edition: Plaza & Janés
Date of issue: March 1st 1985
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Very easy, leisurely reading. This book, which won the Pulitzer prize in 1931, was mentioned in a modern novel I had just read, and I was intrigued enough to go looking for it. I guess it's out of print. It wasn't on Kindle either and the ones for sale on Amazon were being sold at $50+. Don't know why? But I found my copy on Ebay, a leatherbound book I was able to get for $20. So needless to say, I was quite excited to get this book in the mail, and to start reading it. This novel gives a nice glimpse of life and American upper class society right before and after 1900. And while it is set in Chicago, and not New York, it reminded me a bit of Edith Wharton novels. But the best thing I got out of this novel was the way it made me think about how I would stand, personally, if faced with the question of taking happiness vs living with the choices I have already made in my life, given the effects such a decision would have on family and children. While I know which side I would be on; and the main character of the novel, Jane Ward, was clear as well about what she believed was the right way to be, she pondered the issue enough to at least recognize the merits of the other side, and to wonder if perhaps only time will tell which way works out best for the ones who make that kind of decision. I would give this book 3 1/2 stars.
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Read information about the authorMargaret Ayer Barnes (April 8, 1886, Chicago, Illinois — October 25, 1967, Cambridge, Massachusetts) was an American playwright, novelist, and short-story writer.
She was educated at Bryn Mawr College, where she earned an A.B. degree in 1907. She married Cecil Barnes in 1910, and had three sons, Cecil Jr., Edward Larrabee and Benjamin Ayer. In 1920, Barnes was elected alumnae director of Bryn Mawr and served three years. As director, she helped to organize the Summer School for Women Workers in Industry, which offered an alternative educational program for women workers within a traditional institution. Consisting mainly of young, single immigrant women with little to no academic background, the summer program offered courses in progressive education, liberal arts and economics. Women in the program were encouraged to develop confidence as speakers, writers and leaders in the workplace.
In 1926, at age 40, she broke her back in a traffic accident, and, with the encouragement of friend and playwright Edward Sheldon, took up writing as a way to occupy her time. Between 1926 and 1930 she wrote several short stories and three plays, including an adaptation of Edith Wharton's novel The Age of Innocence. She won the Pulitzer Prize for Novel in 1931 for Years of Grace.
A 1936 lawsuit against Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer for copyright infringement claimed that the script MGM used for the motion picture Letty Lynton (1932) plagiarized material from the play Dishonored Lady by Edward Sheldon and Barnes. The film is still unavailable today because of this lawsuit.
Her son was architect Edward Larrabee Barnes. Her older sister, Janet Ayer Fairbank, was also a notable writer, and her niece Janet Fairbank (1903-1947) was a well-known operatic singer.
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