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Review: Mary Higgins Clark
MARY HIGGINS CLARK
Higgins Clark, the "queen
the author whose phenomenal blockbusters have
more than 25 million copies in the U.S.
Higgins Clark is America's best-selling suspense writer. Born and
in New York, M.H. Clark is of Irish descent."The Irish are, by nature
says Clark. She considers her Irish heritage an important influence on
her writing, noting that the Irish are, by nature, storytellers. Mary's
father died when she was ten and and her mother struggled to bring up
and her two brothers. After graduating from high school, Mary went to
school, so she could get a job and help her mother with the family
After working for three years in an advertising agency, she became a
on international flights and saw the world. "My run was Europe, Africa
and Asia," Mary recalls. "I was in a revolution in Syria and on the
flight into Czechoslovakia before the Iron Curtain went down. I flew
a year and then got married." After a year of traveling, she was
a neighbor Warren Clark, she had known him since she was 16. Soon after
her marriage she began writing short stories. She sold her first short
story to Extension Magazine in 1956 for $100, after 6 years and forty
slips. "I framed that first letter of acceptance," she recalls.
Clark's husband died of a heart attack, leaving her with five children
to support. She went to work writing radio scripts and, in addition,
to write books. Every morning, she got up at 5 a.m. and wrote until 7
when she helped her children get ready for school. Her first book was a
biographical novel about the life of George Washington was not a
was remaindered as it came off the press," she says of her first try.
she decided to write a suspense novel, "Where Are the Children?",
which became a bestseller and marked a turning point in her life and
After years she had put all her energies into her children's education
Clark decided to take the time to do the things she always wanted to
In 1974, she entered Fordham University at Lincoln Center and graduated
summa cum laude in 1979 with a B.A. in Philosophy. In May 1988, Mary
Clark returned to her alma mater as commencement speaker. She is a
of Fordham University and a member of the Board of Regents at St.
College. She is an active member of the Literacy Volunteers. M.H. Clark
has nine honorary doctorates and many awards.
Mary Higgins Clark has received "The Woman
of Achievement": award from the Federation of Woman's Clubs in New
the 1992 "Irish Woman of the Year" award from the Irish-American
and Cultural Week Committee of the Board of Education of the City of
York, the 1993 Gold Medal of Honor from the American-Irish Historical
and in 1994, the Spirit of Achievement Award from the Albert Einstein
of Medicine of Yeshiva University and the National Arts Club inaugural
Gold Medal in Education.
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