Penelope Niven




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Penelope Niven is the author of critically acclaimed biographies of poet Carl Sandburg and photographer Edward Steichen. Her books include CARL SANDBURG: A BIOGRAPHY; STEICHEN: A BIOGRAPHY; VOICES AND SILENCES, co-authored with the actor James Earl Jones, and praised as a classic on acting; and SWIMMING LESSONS, a memoir. Her Steichen biography has just been translated into Chinese. CARL SANDBURG: ADVENTURES OF A POET, her biography for children, was awarded an International Reading Association Prize "for exceptionally distinguished literature for children," one of six books honored among publications from 99 countries. She is presently working on a biography of Thornton Wilder, to be published in 2012 by HarperCollins.

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Average rating: 4.15 · 299 ratings · 50 reviews · 11 distinct works
Thornton Wilder

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4.24 avg rating — 50 ratings — published 2012 — 4 editions
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Carl Sandburg: A Biography

4.44 avg rating — 36 ratings — published 1991 — 3 editions
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Carl Sandburg: Adventures o...

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4.30 avg rating — 27 ratings — published 2003
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Swimming Lessons: Life Less...

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4.45 avg rating — 20 ratings — published 2004
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Steichen: A Biography

4.27 avg rating — 22 ratings — published 1997 — 2 editions
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Old Salem: The Official Gui...

it was amazing 5.00 avg rating — 7 ratings — published 1999
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New Perspectives on F. Holl...

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James Earl Jones: Voices an...

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4.05 avg rating — 79 ratings — published 1993 — 3 editions
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The Cabala and The Woman of...

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3.60 avg rating — 55 ratings — published 1968 — 4 editions
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The Woman of Andros and The...

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3.75 avg rating — 8 ratings — published 2012 — 4 editions
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