Barbara W. Tuchman

Barbara W. Tuchman

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Author Profession: History edit data Barbara Wertheim Tuchman was an American self-trained historian and author
Born: January 30, 1912
Died: February 06, 1989
Birth Sign: Aquarius

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If I had taken a doctoral degree, it would have stifled any writing capacity.

I want the reader to turn the page and keep on turning until the end.

The writer's object is - or should be - to hold the reader's attention.

After the war, when my husband came home, we had two more children, and domesticity for a while prevailed combined with beginning the work I had always wanted to do, which was writing a book.

If a man is a writer, everybody tiptoes around past the locked door of the breadwinner. But if you're an ordinary female housewife, people say, 'This is just something Barbara wanted to do; it's not professional.'

When the children were very small, I worked in the morning only, and then gradually, as they spent full days at school, I could spend full days at work.

To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all. Oscar Wilde

You have to enjoy life. Always be surrounded by people that you like, people who have a nice conversation. There are so many positive things to think about. Sophia Loren

I grew up loving horses. I was relatively obsessed, starting with my rocking horse at age 2, all the way through my painting and drawing phase. Diane Lane

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