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Sally belonged to the sheltered world of Chicago's proper rich-a world of debutante balls, family approved courtships and private chic schools. Alan was part of this world. Their love was the perfect climax of a totally beautiful life. — But the fairy tale ended there. It ended with a war that tore them apart, with a Depression that brought the mightiest down to earth. For Sally, it exploded with Maisie, a stunning shameless girl who wanted Alan-and didn't give a damn about society's rules.
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Read information about the authorMargaret Ayer Barnes (April 8, 1886, Chicago, Illinois — October 25, 1967, Cambridge, Massachusetts) was an American playwright, novelist, and short-story writer.
She was educated at Bryn Mawr College, where she earned an A.B. degree in 1907. She married Cecil Barnes in 1910, and had three sons, Cecil Jr., Edward Larrabee and Benjamin Ayer. In 1920, Barnes was elected alumnae director of Bryn Mawr and served three years. As director, she helped to organize the Summer School for Women Workers in Industry, which offered an alternative educational program for women workers within a traditional institution. Consisting mainly of young, single immigrant women with little to no academic background, the summer program offered courses in progressive education, liberal arts and economics. Women in the program were encouraged to develop confidence as speakers, writers and leaders in the workplace.
In 1926, at age 40, she broke her back in a traffic accident, and, with the encouragement of friend and playwright Edward Sheldon, took up writing as a way to occupy her time. Between 1926 and 1930 she wrote several short stories and three plays, including an adaptation of Edith Wharton's novel The Age of Innocence. She won the Pulitzer Prize for Novel in 1931 for Years of Grace.
A 1936 lawsuit against Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer for copyright infringement claimed that the script MGM used for the motion picture Letty Lynton (1932) plagiarized material from the play Dishonored Lady by Edward Sheldon and Barnes. The film is still unavailable today because of this lawsuit.
Her son was architect Edward Larrabee Barnes. Her older sister, Janet Ayer Fairbank, was also a notable writer, and her niece Janet Fairbank (1903-1947) was a well-known operatic singer.
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