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"For your born writer, nothing is so healing as the realization that he has come upon the right word." -- Catherine Drinker Bowen
Catherine Drinker Bowen (January 1, 1897 in Haverford, PA — November 1, 1973 in Haverford) was born as Catherine Drinker on the Haverford College campus on January 1, 1897, to a prominent Quaker family. She was an accomplished violinist who studied for a musical career at the Peabody Institute and the Juilliard School of Music, but ultimately decided to become a writer. She had no formal writing education and no academic career, but became a bestselling American biographer and writer despite criticism from academics. Her earliest biographies were about musicians. Bowen did all her own research, without hiring research assistants, and sometimes took the controversial step of interviewing subjects without taking notes.

In 1958, she won the National Book Award in nonfiction for The Lion and the Throne: The Life and Times of Sir Edward Coke (1552-1634), a biography of the prominent lawyer of Elizabeth England. In addition, Ms. Bowen received the 1957 Philadelphia Award and the 1962 Women's National Book Association award. Her last book, Family Portrait, received critical acclaim, and was a Literary Guild selection. During her lifetime, she was the recipient of numerous awards, including the Philadelphia Award. At the time of her death in 1973, she was working on a biography of Benjamin Franklin, which was published posthumously.

Catherine married Ezra Bowen, Chair of Economics at Lehigh University and author of "Social Economics." Survived by her son, Ezra Bowen (died Westport, CT, 1996), Sports Illustrated and Time-Life writer and editor; grandson, Ezra D. Bowen, and now great-grandchildren, Leslie R. Bowen and Elizabeth D. Bowen. She is buried in West Laurel Hill Cemetery in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania.

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Total Books: 26
Free Artist - The Story Of Anton And Nicholas Rubinstein
2007 - Free Artist - the Story of Anton and Nicholas Rubinstein (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781406706932
ISBN-10: 1406706930
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Beloved Friend
2007 - Beloved Friend (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781406754414
ISBN-10: 1406754412
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Yankee From Olympus - Justice Holmes And His Family
2007 - Yankee From Olympus - Justice Holmes and His Family (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781406777345
ISBN-10: 140677734X
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John Adams and the American Revolution
2001 - John Adams and the American Revolution (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781568523736
ISBN-10: 1568523734
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Miracle at Philadelphia
1995 - Miracle at Philadelphia (Audio Cassette)Hardcover, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9780786107100
ISBN-10: 0786107103
Genres: Law, Engineering & Transportation
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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Francis Bacon The Temper of a Man
1993 - Francis Bacon the Temper of a Man (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780823215379
ISBN-10: 0823215377
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History
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Most Dangerous Man in America Scenes from the Life of Benjamin Franklin
The Lion and the Throne The Life and Times of Sir Edward Coke  1552-1634
1990 - The Lion and the Throne the Life and Times of Sir Edward Coke 1552-1634 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780316103930
ISBN-10: 0316103934
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
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Miracle At Philadelphia  The Story of the Constitutional Convention May - September 1787
1986 - Miracle at Philadelphia the Story of the Constitutional Convention May - September 1787 (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780316103985
ISBN-10: 0316103985
Genres: History, Law, Engineering & Transportation
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Miracle at Philadelphia The Story of the Constitutional Convention May to September 1787
1986 - Miracle at Philadelphia the Story of the Constitutional Convention May to September 1787 (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780316103787
ISBN-10: 0316103780
Genres: History, Law
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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The Most Dangerous Man in America Scenes from the Life of Benjamin Franklin
1986 - The Most Dangerous Man in America Scenes From the Life of Benjamin Franklin (Paperback)Hardcover, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9780316103794
ISBN-10: 0316103799
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
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Yankee from Olympus Justice Holmes and His Family
1944 - Yankee From Olympus Justice Holmes and His Family (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780316103893
ISBN-10: 0316103896
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
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Biography The Craft and the Calling
Biography the Craft and the Calling (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780313202193
ISBN-10: 0313202192
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Beloved Friend The Story of Tchaikowsky and Nadejda Von Meck
Beloved Friend the Story of Tchaikowsky and Nadejda Von Meck (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780837168616
ISBN-10: 0837168619
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Yankee From Olympus Justice Holmes and Fam
Yankee From Olympus Justice Holmes and Fam (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781122078467
ISBN-10: 1122078463
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