Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Happy birthday, Kathleen Winsor.

Kathleen Winsor, author of Forever Amber (1944) and once married to musician Artie Shaw, was born today in 1919. She wrote six more novels after Amber and died in 2003.

Forever Amber, the story of a Restoration miss who sleeps her way to the top, was banned in Boston as obscene and is often credited with starting the subgenre of the "bodice-ripper." According to Library Journal, Forever Amber sold 100,000 copies after one week in the stores and eventually sold more than 2 million copies. Directed by Otto Preminger, the film appeared in 1947 and starred Linda Darnell and Cornel Wilde.

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