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Clare Boothe Luce - Life Stories, Books, and Links
 
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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
 
Picture of Clare Boothe Luce, author of the Broadway hit The Women; playwright and dramatist; twentieth century American Literature
Clare Boothe Luce, 1930s, by Lusha Nelson.
Clare Boothe Luce
(1903 - 1987)

 
Category:  American Literature
 
Born:  April 10, 1903
New York, United States
 
Died:  October 9, 1987
Washington, DC, United States
 
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Clare Boothe Luce - LIFE STORIES
 
 
12/26/1936     Luce's Women
On this day in 1936 Clare Boothe Luce's The Women opened on Broadway, the first of its record-breaking 657 performances. Many reviewers were appalled at Luce's "best-bred hellcats and social filth mongers," but the play brought first-fame to Luce, and opportunities which her beauty, considerable ambition and adequate talent would not waste.
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SELECTED WORKS BY THIS AUTHOR
 
 
Saints for Now
by Clare Boothe Luce (Editor)
non-fiction
 
The Women
drama
 
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SELECTED BOOKS ABOUT (or related to) THIS AUTHOR
 
 
Clare Boothe Luce
by Wilfred Sheed
biography
 
Clare Boothe Luce: A Research and Production Sourcebook
by Mark Fearnow
guide
 
Clare Boothe Luce: Author and Diplomat
by Joseph. Lyons
biography
 
Rage for Fame: The Ascent of Clare Boothe Luce
by Sylvia Jukes Morris
biography
 
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Library of Congress
An exhibit titled "Women Come to the Front: Journalists, Photographers, and Broadcasters During World War II" includes a short biography and photographs.

"Though she covered a wide range of World War II battlefronts, Luce considered her war reportage merely 'time off' from her true vocation as playwright. Nonetheless, Luce endured the discomforts, frustrations, and dangers encountered by even the most seasoned war correspondent. Besides experiencing bombing raids in Europe and the Far East, she faced house arrest in Trinidad by British Customs when a draft Life article about poor military preparedness in Libya proved too accurate for Allied comfort. Luce's unsettling observations led longtime friend Winston Churchill to revamp Middle Eastern military policy."
Women in History
A website produced by the Lakewood, Ohio public library system offers short biography which explores the writer and congresswoman's written and public works.

"In the same month as her marriage, Clare's play Abide With Me opened on Broadway. A somber psychological drama about an abusive husband on a collision course with his terrified wife, it was panned by the critics. Her second play The Women, which opened on Broadway in 1936, was a satire on the idleness of wealthy wives and divorcees. It also was received coolly by the critics. However, among the public, it was immensely popular and ran for 657 performances, toured the United States and 18 countries, and was adapted to the screen."
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