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  • Writer's pictureAnne Lovett

How Many Books Do You Have to Read to Write One?

Updated: Nov 8, 2019

Bibliography and suggestions for further reading

The answer? As many as you need to to answer all the questions in your mind (or anyone else's) about the story. In my case, a whole heap. Here are just some of the sources I turned to when researching the world of The River Nymph. I haven't included all the Internet sources or the books I checked out of the library. I love doing research. But sometimes you just have to stop and start writing!

Like a Family: The Making of a Southern Cotton Mill World

Jacqueln Dowd Hall, James Leloudis, Robert Kortad, Mary Murphy, Lu Ann Jones, amd Christopher B. Daly. W.W. Norton & Company, 1987

Hard Times Cotton Mill Girls: Personal Stories of Womanhood and Poverty in the South by Victoria Byerly ILR Press, Cornell University, 1986

Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, by James Agee and Walker Evans, Houghton Mifflin, new edition, 1988

You Have Seen Their Faces: Margaret Bourke-White and Walker Evans, University of Georgia Press, 1995

A History of Stroke: Its recognition and Treatment, William S. Fields and Noreen A Lemax, Oxford University Press, 1989

Ordered to Care: the Dilemma of American Nursing, 1850-1945, Susan M. Reverby, Cambridge University Press, 1989

Central Georgia Textile Mills, Billie Coleman, Arcadia Press, 2017

The Sears, Roebuck Catalogue, 1927 Edition, Alan Mirkin, editor, Crown Publishing, 1970 (edited reproduction of the original catalog)

Honey Lou, or the Love Wrecker, Beatrice Burton, Grosset & Dunlap, 1927

The Flapper Wife, Beatrice Burton, Grosset & Dunlap, 1926

Dorothy: The memoirs of a Nurse 1889-1989 Dorothy Moriarty, Corgi Books, 1991

Notes on Nursing: what it is and what it is not, Florence Nightingale, Dover Publications, 1969

District Nurse, Faith Baldwin, Triangle Books, 1932

Arrowsmith, Sinclair Lewis, Signet Classic, 1961

The Reader's Companion to Cuba, Alan Ryan, editor, Harcort, Brace and Company, 1997

Havana: Portrait of a City, Juliet Barclay, Cassell, 1993

Cotton Mill Girl: A Novel, Flora Ann Scearce, Tate Publishing, 2006

Call Home the Heart, Fielding Burke, The Feminist Press, 1983

Anais Nin: Journal of a Wife, The Early Diary of Anais Nin, 1923-1927, Quartet Books Limited, 1986

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