Laura Lee

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Laura Lee is the author of 20 books. In addition to a large catalog of humorous reference titles such as The Pocket Encyclopedia of Aggravation and Don't Screw It Up, she has written one children's book, A Child's Introduction to Ballet, two novels, Angel and Identity Theft, and Oscar's Ghost, which deals with conflicts between members of Oscar Wilde's circle over his legacy after the playwright's death.

The San Francisco Chronicle has said of her work: "Lee's dry, humorous tone makes her a charming companion... She has a penchant for wordplay that is irresistible."

Lee brings to her writing a unique background which includes work as a professional mime, improvisational comic, and radio announcer. After a three-year stint as a part-time touri
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Laura Lee I stop writing. A book by Victoria Nelson "On Writer's Block" which I read many years ago was valuable to me. Nelson says that when you get writer's b…moreI stop writing. A book by Victoria Nelson "On Writer's Block" which I read many years ago was valuable to me. Nelson says that when you get writer's block there is usually a good reason for it. Instead of forcing it, go away and wait for your subconscious to come up with the answer. Sometimes I will stop and say, "Why isn't this working?" Then I'll take a nap or a shower or sometimes table a project for months or years. I've learned to make requests of my subconscious and to let it work in the background until the oven timer goes off. When it does, you need to get right on it. (less)
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Meet the Author Virtual Event May 3

Sunday, May 3, 3 PM Eastern (New York) Time. (Use https://www.thetimezoneconverter.com/ to find your own time.) Join Laura Lee, author of “Oscar’s Ghost” for a discussion of the posthumous feud over Oscar Wilde’s legacy. Years after Oscar Wilde’s death, two of his closest friends, Lord Alfred Douglas and his literary executor Robert Ross– both had been Wilde’s lovers–engaged in a bitter battle ove Read more of this blog post »
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“If a work of art is rich and vital and complete, those who have artistic instincts will see its beauty, and those to whom ethics appeal more strongly than aesthetics will see its moral lesson. It will fill the cowardly with terror, and the unclean will see in it their own shame. It will be to each man what he is himself. It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.”
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“Man proceeds in the fog. But when he looks back to judge people of the past, he sees no fog on their path. From his present, which was their faraway future, their path looks perfectly clear to him, good visibility all the way. Looking back, he sees the path, he sees the people proceeding, he sees their mistakes, but not the fog.”
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“It is easy to forgive the innocent. It is the guilty who test our morality. People are more than the worst thing they have ever done.”
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Pamela Hey Laura...Thanks for accepting my friend request.


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