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Pulling Harvey Out of Her Hat: The Amazing Story of Mary Coyle Chase

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  10 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Talk about working from home. . . . Pulling Harvey Out of Her Hat chronicles the story of how Mary Chase-a housewife with three children from a working-class Irish community in Denver, Colorado-became a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright for Harvey, a Broadway comedy about a gentle soul and his invisible six-foot-and-one-half-inch-tall rabbit friend. This entertaining and i ...more
Hardcover, 194 pages
Published December 1st 2020 by Limelight Editions
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Brian Chase
Jun 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Great book about my great aunt Mary! I learned things I didn’t know and the book brought back fond memories of my own. Mary was a gifted play-writer and still Colorado’s only Pulitzer Prize winner.
John Osborn
Jan 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
Before Feminism became a thing, many women were confined to roles of domestic manager and child-rearer to support husbands who had "real jobs". Mary Coyle Chase's embrace of that role of wife/mother with grace, while still producing prolific theatre and writing that earned her a Pulitzer prize and took her to Broadway and Hollywood is important for many reasons. Her marriage partnership, her love of family and her drive and discipline to create plays & literature at the highest level confirms th ...more
Mimi Pockross
Jul 13, 2021 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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I invite you to read my book about the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Mary Coyle Chase, a Denver writer who achieved fame and glory for her play about a six foot tall invisible rabbit and his slightly tipsy gentleman friend Elwood P. Dowd. Her play was written in the height of World War II. Though the times and circumstances were different, her story still has meaning today. Why Harvey was a blockbuster play and later the popular movie starring Jimmy Stewart continues to be of interest more t ...more
Dec 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
I can’t remember where I heard about this book but am glad I did. Chase won the Pulitzer Prize for Harvey. The successful Broadway production took her family from middle class to a pretty swanky lifestyle. Nevertheless Chase said that her proudest moment was when she started the Hope House, a place for recovering female alcoholics. I was telling a friend about the book and she told me that Walt Helmrich, a Tulsa oilman, saw his future wife playing the nurse in Harvey and swept her off her feet a ...more
Steve Pockross
Dec 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'm so glad I had the opportunity to learn more about the amazing Mary Chase. She should be such a well-known literary icon here in Colorado. With such a long, brilliant career on broadway and literature, she somehow managed to do this while not being in the heart of the scene. Very well researched and with incredible quotes from the times, the book offers a historical journey through the theater (before and during the rise of TV), of Denver, and of women balancing careers and the pressures of r ...more
Jessa Leigh
Dec 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Release Date: November 15th 2020

I was afraid this book would be dry but I love the movie Harvey and the concept behind it so I thought I would take a shot. I’m very glad I did! Mary Chase is a fascinating person and the book does an excellent job of walking you through her concept to seeing it up on the big screen!
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Interesting book about an interesting gal from Denver. She worked hard as a playwright and won the pulitzer prize for the play, Harvey. The idea came from an Irish tale that she grew up with. Fun to hear about places and events going on in Denver back in the day!
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Mimi Pockross is a freelance writer specializing in the arts, education and family and the author of three books. She and her family settled in Denver in 1980. Mimi has written many articles for national and local publications. She is a former teacher and has also worked in the broadcast industry. The mother of two sons and the grandmother of two boys, Mimi lives in Vail, Colorado with her husband ...more

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