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Birth NameAlice Dorothea Alden Thompson

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American author, lecturer and magazine editor, Dorothea Brande, was the youngest of five children born to Frederick S. and Alice P. Thompson of Chicago, Illinois. Alice Dorothea Alden Thompson was born in Englewood, a Chicago community, on 12 January, 1892. Both of her parents were originally from Maine and had previously lived in Delaware where her three oldest siblings were born. Her father was employed as a manager at local business in the Chicago area. Brande attended the Universities of Michigan and Chicago, earning her Phi Beta Kappa key at the former. She went on to work as a newspaper reporter in Chicago and later as circulation manager for American Mercury magazine during the time of H.L. Mencken and George Jean Nathan. In the 1930s she became an associate editor of Bookman magazine and later its successor (1934), the American Review. In the years to come Brande would also operate a nationwide correspondence school for aspiring writers and tour on the lecture circuit.

In 1916 she married fellow Chicago newspaper reporter Herbert Brande (abt. 1890-?). Herbert would later gain some notoriety as an editorial writer. Their marriage ended in divorce sometime before 1930. In 1936 she married Seward B. Collins (1899-1952), who at the time was American Review's editor.

Her inspirational book, "Wake Up and Live" (1936) was written during the Great Depression and was a best seller and her most successful book. She was also the author of "Becoming a Writer" (1934), "Most Beautiful Lady" (1935), "Letters to Philippa"(1937), "My Invincible Aunt" (1938) and others.

Dorothea Brande passed away at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston on 17 December, 1948. She was survived by her husband, son Justin Brande (1917-2000) and adopted son Gilbert Collins. Justin was a dairy farmer who later became a respected conservationist on behalf of the state or Vermont.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: John F. Barlow

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Spouse Seward B. Collins (1936 - 1948)  (her death)
Herbert Brande (1916 - ?)  (divorced)  (1 child)

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