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Name:  Alice Fitch Zeman  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Born: 1931 in Aurora, Illinois

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Titles At Your Library

Wabansi : Fiend or Friend?
ISBN: 0963326600

Alice Zeman. 1991

Wabansi is a biography of a Potawatomi leader who left his name as a legacy to the midwest region where he made his home.

Although his name is familiar, little is known about the man himself. The various spellings of his name are as confusing as the many legends which have been connected with his name.

The biography follows his trail from his birth in about 1765 and early childhood in Indiana, his advance to leadership position of the Potawatomi, the migration to Illinois, and the removal of the people to western Missouri and Iowa where he died in about 1848.

Sources are documented with chapter endnotes, artwork, bibliography, and index included. The biography will make a valuable resource suggested for readers high school and adult.

Mary Lewis - The Golden Haired Beauty With The Golden Voice
ISBN: 0914546996

Rose. 2001

Although Mary Lewis was described as “one of the most publicized singers of the 1920s,” her touching story has almost been forgotten. The biography is fresh and exciting. She was called a Cinderella, but unlike Cinderella, Mary Lewis didn’t live happily ever after—but that was a fairy tale—the Mary Lewis story is true. Born in poverty she was trained and tutored by foster parents. Her first solos were sung in Methodist churches of the south. Finding life in the strict, religious home too oppressive, Mary eventually left Little Rock, Arkansas, with a vaudeville troupe to begin her professional career. Her golden voice enabled her to gain fame and sometimes fortune. She sang them all—the spiritual, the jazz, the Broadway hits of the 1920s, classical concerts, and Grand Opera. Her voice was heard over network radio. The sometimes eerie voice of Mary Lewis is not silenced—fortunately preserved by Victor and RCA recordings. Mary Lewis traveled by rail, by ship, by the newest and fastest planes, and even in a dirigible! She was loved by the rich and famous—but the personal life of our Cinderella moved from triumph to tragedy. Possible radiation poisoning from her Ziegfeld costume and alcoholism took a toll on the personal life of Mary Lewis. Beautiful and talented with a personality to match, Mary Lewis entertained with a career that was brilliant at times and at others frustratingly self-destructive. Now the whole story is known. Mary Lewis was born January 29, 1897, in Hot Springs, Arkansas. She died December 31, 1941, in New York City, New York. Buried in Pinecrest Cemetery, Alexander, Arkansas.


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