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Old Aug 2 2007, 07:36 AM   #1
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Professor Robin Roberts, who wrote Anne McCaffrey, A Critical Companion, has finished the biography she's been writing about Anne. It is due to hit bookstores sometime in September (in the US; don't know if there is a UK version scheduled). The cover price is $28, which Amazon has reduced to $18.48 already for pre-orders.

Here's the description at Amazon of this 240 page bio:
Anne McCaffrey: A Life with Dragons is the life story of a writer who vividly depicted alien creatures and new worlds. As the author of the Dragonriders of Pern series, McCaffrey (b. 1926) is one of the most significant writers of science fiction and fantasy. She is the first woman to win the Hugo and Nebula awards, and her 1978 novel The White Dragon was the first science-fiction novel to appear on the New York Times hardcover bestseller list.

This biography reveals a fascinating and complex figure, one who creates and recreates her fiction by drawing on life experiences. At various stages, McCaffrey has been a beautiful young girl who refused to fit into traditional gender roles in high school, a restless young mother who wanted to write, an American expatriate who became an Irish citizen, an animal lover who dreamed of fantasy worlds with perfect relationships between humans and beasts, and a wife trapped in an unhappy marriage just as the women's movement took hold.

Author Robin Roberts conducted interviews with McCaffrey, her children, friends, and colleagues, and used archival correspondence and contemporary reviews and criticism. The biography examines how McCaffrey's early interests in theater, Slavonic languages and literature, and British history, mythology, and culture all shaped her science fiction. The book is a nuanced portrait of a writer whose appeal extends well beyond readers of her chosen genre.
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I thought this book was pulled as it was announced but never materialised and taken of the website of the University Press of Missisippi?

It is still to be found on Amazon however (and other booksites).

Cheryl, do you have better and/or new information about this book? Is it now going to be published for real?
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I went looking for a listing on Amazon, based on the announcement Charlotte sent out about Robin Roberts being a guest at Weyrfest/DragonCon this year, which cited her as the author of the forthcoming biography about Anne.

Robin is doing a panel or two for Weyrfest about the book, so it seems safe to say that, whatever issues there might have been to delay it before, the book is indeed on track for a September publish date.
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Well, I hope it does work out; I've been looking forward to this book.

I did check wheher the publihers mentions it, but on the website of the University Press of Mississippi it is still not mentioned (again).

http://www.upress.state.ms.us/books_...?author_id=443

Let's hope for the best.
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