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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 7 September 1900Manchester, England, UK
Date of Death 30 August 1985Greenwich, Connecticut, USA  (lung cancer)
Birth NameJanet Miriam Holland Taylor Caldwell

Spouse (4)

William Robert Prestie (1978 - 30 August 1985) (her death)
William Everett Stancell (1972 - 1973) (divorced)
Marcus Reback (12 May 1931 - 1971) (his death) (1 child)
William Fairfax Combs (27 May 1919 - 1931) (divorced) (1 child)

Trivia (1)

Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume One, 1981-1985, pages 123-125. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1998.

Personal Quotes (5)

Like most writers, I am a "solitary". Dearest wish is to enter a convent. Otherwise, my life is singularly devoid of excitement.
There is no solid satisfaction in any career for a woman like myself. There is no home, no true freedom, no hope, no joy, no expectation for tomorrow, no contentment. I would rather cook a meal for a man and bring him his slippers and feel myself in the protection of his arms than have all the citations and awards and honors I have received worldwide, including the Ribbon of Legion of Honor and my property and my bank accounts. They mean nothing to me. And I am only one among the millions of sad women like myself.
The American insanity for Loving Everybody is ruining my good temper and delivering my stomach to enormous bouts with acidity.
The nature of human beings never changes; it is immutable. The present generation of children and the present generation of young adults from the age of thirteen to eighteen is, therefore, no different from that of their great-great-grandparents. Political fads come and go; theories rise and fall; the scientific 'truth' of today becomes the discarded error of tomorrow. Man's ideas change, but not his inherent nature. That remains. So, if the children are monstrous today - even criminal - it is not because their natures have become polluted, but because they have not been taught better, nor disciplined.
We, perhaps, have corrupted our children and our grandchildren by heedless affluence, by a lack of manliness, by giving the younger generation more money and liberty than their youth can handle, by indoctrinating them with sinister ideologies and false values, by permitting them, as young children, to indulge themselves in imprudence to superiors and defiance of duly constituted authority, by lack of prudent, swift punishment when the transgressed, by coddling and pampering them when they were children and protecting them from a very dangerous world - which always was and always will be. We gave them no moral arms, no spiritual armor.

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