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Nell Irvin Painter

Had an enjoyable visit with this writer today via BookTV and C-Span. She is a native of Oakland California and quite agile in her talking and in her thinking.Currently resides in Vermont. She is on a panel representing the Organization of American Historians. Will try and find a link when I sign back on.[or perhaps someone will help me out here and post the link?]

Current book is
Southern History Across The Color Line

Painter says
"I became a historian before I became a writer";
"In the 'way back when' letters I received and sent to my mother motivated me as a writer";
" Have to be twice as good to get half as far"; "We and not we";
"I do not quote secondary sources";
"I do from 90 to 100 drafts of a work";
"More and more I find myself using the first person, because that is the voice speaking"

This conference first aired 13 April 02

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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