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by Mary Ward Brown

ISBN: 0817316450
ISBN13: 978-0817316457
Language: English
Publisher: University Alabama Press; First edition (March 8, 2009)
Pages: 168
Category: Arts and Literature
Subategory: Memoris

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Rating: 4.4
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I am sorry I have to give this memoir only one star.

Only 2 left in stock (more on the way). I am sorry I have to give this memoir only one star. Tongues of Flame" has some wonderful stories, but the memoir glosses over her childhood and her years of running the farm. She fills the book with excerpts from letters to her son in Vietnam, her various speeches while accepting awards, and even letters from her agent.

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Fanning the Spark: A Memoir. In 1986, after years of publishing stories in literary magazines and periodicals, Mary Ward Brown published her first book, the story collection Tongues of Flame. It soon received regional and national attention, and the following year won the PEN/Hemingway Award for fiction.

Mary Ward Brown signing one of her books. Fanning the spark : a memoir (2009) Tuscaloosa : University of Alabama Press. Mary Ward Brown (1917-06-18)June 18, 1917 Hamburg, Alabama. May 14, 2013(2013-05-14) (aged 95). Occupation. short story writer and memoirist. Mary Ward Brown (June 18, 1917 - May 14, 2013) was an American short-story writer and memoirist.

Mary Ward Brown, a small-town farmer’s daughter who resumed a literary career 25 years .

Mary Ward Brown, a small-town farmer’s daughter who resumed a literary career 25 years after putting it aside to run the family farm and raise a son - producing award-winning short stories set in the Deep South and a poignant memoir of life in rural Alabama - died on May 14 in Marion, Al. a few miles from the farmhouse in which. Ms. Brown’s best-known book was her first, the short-story collection Tongues of Flame. In 2009 she published Fanning the Spark: A Memoir, a tale of a meandering life led more or less in one place on its way to find a purpose.

Mary Ward Brown was sixty-nine years old. Though she would go on to write and publish many more stories and a well-received second collection, It Wasn’t All Dancing, Mary Ward Brown’s late acclaim hardly hints at the rich and varied life that prepared the way for her success

Mary Ward Brown was sixty-nine years old. Though she would go on to write and publish many more stories and a well-received second collection, It Wasn't All Dancing, Mary Ward. ISBN13:9780817316457.

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Items related to Fanning the Spark: A Memoir. Brown, Mary Ward Fanning the Spark: A Memoir. ISBN 13: 9780817316457. Fanning the Spark: A Memoir. Published by: The University of Alabama Press. Mary Ward Brown was sixty-nine years old. Though she would go on to write and publish many more stories and a well-received second collection, It Wasn’t All Dancing, Mary Ward Brown’s late acclaim hardly hints at the rich and varied life that prepared the way for her success.

Home Mary Karr The Liars' Club: A Memoir. There must have been rules back then about kids not being on cancer wards. I still think of the expression as senatorial. The liars club a memoir, . The Liars' Club: A Memoir, . But Mother had the idea that we would cheer Grandma up. Plus Daddy was working days, and she had run out of people to leave us with. Her brown eyes sloped down at the corners, and the bangs above them were hair-sprayed into a row of shiny blond spikes. She could always nail me with that look, make me stop mid-sentence. For some reason, we went to the Houston Zoo, which trip Mother must have bribed us with in advance.

In 1986, after years of publishing stories in literary magazines and periodicals, Mary Ward Brown published her first book, the story collection Tongues of Flame. It soon received regional and national attention, and the following year won the PEN/Hemingway Award for fiction. Mary Ward Brown was sixty-nine years old. Though she would go on to write and publish many more stories and a well-received second collection, It Wasn’t All Dancing, Mary Ward Brown’s late acclaim hardly hints at the rich and varied life that prepared the way for her success. Fanning the Spark is the story of her life as a writer—her upbringing in rural Alabama; the joys of college, marriage, and motherhood; the sorrows of becoming a widow; and a lifelong devotion to writing, writers, and literature, and the company of those who shared those loves, nurturing and feeding her interior life in the face of many challenges, losses, and obstacles, both emotional and material. Here, in prose every bit as eloquent, evocative, and incisive as her stories, are her remembrances of loved ones; her letters fraught with worry to her son in Vietnam; periods of emotional isolation and unbidden silence; her invaluable friendships with renowned writers, editors, and agents; her love of community and place; and immeasurable delight with every award, speech, and public reading, the many recognitions she has garnered late in life. Above all, it is the story of the competing demands of art and of life, the constant struggle between her need to write and the practicalities of family, duty, and day to day living.
Comments:
Dukinos
An honest, unpretentious writer's memoir that illuminates the craft, the work, the sacrifice and struggle behind one author's great writing. Reading this memoir, I felt I knew Mary Ward Brown and made me wish that I had known her. The memoir reads simply, but evokes deep feelings and greater understanding about creative passion, living true and also, about a part of that complex place called "The South". I came away with a list of books and authors I want to read.

Burilar
I am sorry I have to give this memoir only one star. I learned about Mary Ward Brown from Paul Theroux's recent book "Deep South" and ordered "Tongues of Flame" and this book. "Tongues of Flame" has some wonderful stories, but the memoir glosses over her childhood and her years of running the farm. She fills the book with excerpts from letters to her son in Vietnam, her various speeches while accepting awards, and even letters from her agent. The last half of the book seems like a diary, with details of where she ate and what she wore and what important writers she met in her travels, plus her various ailments. I was stunned that she never talked race relations. She lived during the era of JIm Crow and the civil right movement, but those times are not on her radar screen. She was 92 when the book was published, and her age probably explains its shortcomings.

Ranenast
If you've read her short stories and loved them as I have, you will want to know the life of the woman who wrote them. Here it is.

Black_Hawk_Down
Mary Ward brown's greatest enemy was clearly she herself and her drive for perfection. She wrote such wonderful stories but wished to write more, as her readers sorely wish as well!

MEGA FREEDY
Mary Ward Brown is a wonderful writer, and her life story is an inspiration to anyone who lives an ordinary, domestic life and still finds time to be creative.

Ffan
Interesting and beautifully written book; I recommend this book to anyone wanting to know more about the life of a naturally talented author

Groll
She will be missed, I loved reading her books and this tells how she lived her life and where she grew up.

This is a wonderful reminescence providing an intimate glimpse into a talented and persistant mind at work creating/writing and intenting and reinventing the self throuh the her involvment with her world. I should disclose up front that Mary Ward Brown is a friend of mine who goes way back in her connections to my family. No doubt those relationships influence some of how I feel about this work, but I believe that our history is independent of my valuation of this slim volume's insight into how a talented mine regards her work and goes about creating it. It is intensely self-revelatory without falling into the maudling sentimentality of a self absorbed person. She is a profound observer and she observes herself with the same honest, genuine ferocity that she turns of others.

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