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Mary Gaitskill

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Can we just take a moment to talk about Clare Booth Luce again? After graduating first in her class in 1919 at age 16. She then became interested in the women's suffrage movement, and she was hired by Alva Belmont to work for the National Woman's Party. At the age of 20 she had her only child, Ann Clare Brokaw. She would divorce her husband soon after he became a violent alcoholic. After her divorce she became a caption writer at Vogue and then, associate editor and managing editor of Vanity Fair. She not only edited the works of such great humorists as P. G. Wodehouse and Corey Ford but contributed many comic pieces of her own, signed and unsigned. Her humor, which she retained into old age, was one of the pillars of Clare's character. In 1942, Luce won ...

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Managing editor of Vanity Fair, celebrated playwright, formidable congresswoman, the first woman ever to deliver the keynote address at a national political convention, the first female American ambassador to major post abroad, and author of the 1936 hit play ‘The Women’ featuring an all-female cast, Clare Booth Luce, sends her 18-year-old daughter this letter of advice while studying at Stanford.

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