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For more than 70 years Paul Dimond has split most of his time between Ann Arbor, home of the University of Michigan, and Glen Arbor, amidst Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

Prior to researching and writing The Belle of Two Arbors, Paul Dimond served as the Director of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights under Law, tried several major race cases that challenged a divided Supreme Court, became a Professor Law, and served as Special Assistant to President Clinton for Economic Policy. He has also practiced law, chaired a national real estate firm and continues to spend his time between his two Arbors. Currently, he works on behalf of several non-profits in Michigan so the heart of the Great Lakes can once again become a thriving home f
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Paul Dimond I majored in history at Amherst College and in my junior year began to research original sources in the musty archives of the old library for term…moreI majored in history at Amherst College and in my junior year began to research original sources in the musty archives of the old library for term papers and theses. When I returned to Michigan for law school. I began my study of the history and meaning of the Civil War Amendments, including the original debates of the framers in Congress and the recorded speeches, papers and pamphlets for and against ratification out in the country. For the better part of the next two decades, I continued this search - in the 1970's as a civil rights lawyer and director of the National Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights under Law, including four cases that challenged a divided Supreme Court; and in the 1980's as a Con Law Professor, and author of numerous articles and three books, including Beyond Busing (1985, reprinted in paperback with a new "Retrospect" and "Prospect," winner of the 1986 Ralph Bunche Award of the American Political Science Association). After three more careers (as a partner in a real estate investment firm, Special Assistant to President Clinton for Economic Policy 1993-1997), and a lawyer in private practice), I turned to writing fiction to see if I could imagine better endings. This historical novel proved a natural, as I found I still loved researching all the primary and secondary sources surrounding particular places (e.g., Sleeping Bear Dunes and Bay, Glen Arbor, Glen Haven, Empire and Omena up north and the University of Michigan and Ann Arbor, downstate) and people (D.H. Day, Beals, Burton, Osborn, Ederle, LeMaitre, Kraus, Frost, Roethke, Auden, Steger, Hayden and yes Emily Dickinson to name a few). And these real places and people had to be set in the historic context of the events and the time.(less)
Paul Dimond I went away to college at Amherst from 1962 to 1966, where I learned more about the two great American poets I had studied briefly in English classes…moreI went away to college at Amherst from 1962 to 1966, where I learned more about the two great American poets I had studied briefly in English classes growing up in Ann Arbor, Emily Dickinson and Robert Frost. After Law School back home and several good careers, I turned in my seventh decade to writing fiction, including a historical novel: the two Amherst poets beckoned. Emily Dickinson lived in the family Homestead from her birth in 1830 to her death in 1886 and left more than 1800 unpublished poems there. Robert Frost, a college drop-out joined the faculty of Amherst in 1917 at age 43; despite leaving 4 times, he always came back to his academic home for the next 45 years. During his long life, Frost campaigned for his poetry at more than 1,000 public readings and talks; won the most ever Pulitzer Prizes; and read the first poem at a Presidential Inauguration. In 1892, Frost discovered Dickinson's first series of published poems. Despite their long associations with Amherst, few other connections linked these two great American poets, except for the irony that most of their archives escaped the College. I therefore determined to write a novel to link Dickinson and Frost through a woman poet from yet another generation, born on December 30, 1899.(less)
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An excerpt from Paul Dimond’s in-depth interview with Jorie from Jorie Loves a Story: Conversations with the Bookish, June 8, 2017.

Q: What uplifts your spirit the most when you are not researching or writing novels?

A: When not writing, the following enrich my life: 

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