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LONGINES CHRONOSCOPE WITH CLARE BOOTHE LUCE
Ann Clare Boothe Luce was an American author, politician, U.S. Ambassador and public conservative figure. She was the first American woman appointed to a major ambassadorial post abroad. A versatile author, she is best known for her hit play The Women, which . The book's device of characters interlinked from story to story was borrowed.
Clare Boothe Luce
Substance: Character study of women reacting to straying husbands, with a few straying wives included. Hate masquerading as friendship. Pride leading to fall. That sort of thing. The protagonist is
Ambassador and public conservative figure. She was the first American woman appointed to a major ambassadorial post abroad. A versatile author, she is best known for her hit play The Women , which had an all-female cast. Her writings extended from drama and screen scenarios to fiction, journalism and war reportage. Politically, Luce was a leading conservative in later life and was well known for her anti-communism. Known as a charismatic and forceful public speaker, especially after her conversion to Roman Catholicism in , she campaigned for every Republican presidential candidate from Wendell Willkie to Ronald Reagan.
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The whole project weighs in at a mere 1, pages, so it does not even set the Morris house record. This author is married to Edmund Morris, whose splendid, three-volume Theodore Roosevelt totaled almost twice that page count. Luce was not told she was in the presence of a would-be biographer. But she kissed Ms. Morris had extraordinary access to the woman, her paper trail and her personal history. She picked up the kind of detail to which most biographers are not privy, like the fact that Luce called her ulcers Qaddafi and Begin, or that she had enough calling card cases to auction off a whole collection of them. All of this is by way of saying that Luce, in her later years, remained a corker.
In , the illustrious Luce granted an interview to Rodelle Wientraub, assistant editor of a humble literary journal called The Shaw Review. A melodrama without a trace of humor, it was a flop. The reviews would have discouraged anyone less stubborn than I to abandon playwrighting forever. Another not-quite-as-succesful Hollywood version was made in None of them has ever managed to create a believable flesh and blood, attractive female character.