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Nancy Mairs
Voice Lessons

Original Airdate: August 2, 1995


About the Author

In 1964, Nancy Mairs received the A.B. cum laude from Wheaton College (Norton, Massachusetts), which made her a Doctor of Humane Letters 30 years later. She earned the M.F.A. in creative writing (poetry) in 1975 and the Ph.D. in English literature (with a minor in English education) in 1984 from the University of Arizona. She has taught writing and literature at Salpointe Catholic High School, the University of Arizona and the University of California at Los Angeles.


About this Book

"Voice Lessons" is a book about writing from a woman with a remarkable story to tell and an utterly distinctive voice in which to tell it. Mairs's subjects are literary. Her approach is personal, revealing and inspiring. Mairs first shares her sharply drawn story on how "finding a voice" as an essayist transformed her life when she was a graduate student, wife and mother in her late 30s. In a tribute to the liberating power of literature and feminist ideas, she shows how the words of other writers made possible a new career, a new life in difficult times. "Voice Lessons" goes on to explore other women's writing and to outline a singular kind of literary life.