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Quinn, Susan 1940-

Works: 9 works in 87 publications in 4 languages and 7,371 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Biographies  History 
Roles: Author
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Most widely held works by Susan Quinn
Marie Curie : a life by Susan Quinn( Book )

29 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,468 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this stunning and richly textured new biography, Susan Quinn presents us with a far more complicated picture of the woman we thought we knew. Drawing on family documents, Quinn sheds new light on the tragic losses and patriotic passion that infused Marie Sklodowska Curie's early years in Poland. And through access to Marie Curie's journal, closed to researchers until 1990, we hear in her own words of the intimacy and joy of her marriage to Pierre Curie and the depth of her despair at his premature death. The image of Marie Curie as the grieving widow, attired always in black, is familiar to many of us. Much less well known is the affair with a married colleague that helped her recover from her loss. The testimonials of friends, hitherto unavailable, lend this love story a sometimes painful immediacy. Marie Curie's public triumphs are well known: she was the first woman to receive a Nobel Prize and one of the few people, to date, to receive a second. Unknown or barely known are the defeats she suffered: her rejection by the French Academy and her public humiliation at the hands of the French press over her love affair. As a scientist, Marie Curie has always been associated with the discovery of radium and polonium. But in fact more important than her work in isolating new elements was her idea that radioactivity was "an atomic process." Susan Quinn's biography provides a closer look at Marie Curie's work, and at the discoveries that led up to it and flowed from it. We come away understanding that Marie Curie was important but not singular: one of a small group of brilliant scientists whose combined efforts brought us to our current understanding of the material universe
Eleanor and Hick : the love affair that shaped a First Lady by Susan Quinn( Book )

7 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 1,504 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In 1933, as her husband assumed the presidency, Eleanor Roosevelt embarked on the claustrophobic, duty-bound existence of the First Lady with dread. By that time, she had put her deep disappointment in her marriage behind her and developed an independent life--now threatened by the public role she would be forced to play. A lifeline came to her in the form of a feisty campaign reporter for the Associated Press: Lorena Hickok. Over the next thirty years, until Eleanor's death, the two women carried on an extraordinary relationship: They were, at different points, lovers, confidantes, professional advisors, and caring friends. They couldn't have been more different. Eleanor had been raised in one of the nation's most powerful political families and was introduced to society as a debutante before marrying her distant cousin, Franklin. Hick, as she was known, had grown up poor in rural South Dakota and worked as a servant girl after escaping an abusive home, eventually becoming one of the most respected reporters at the AP. Her admiration drew the buttoned-up Eleanor out of her shell, and the two fell in love. For the next thirteen years, Hick had her own room at the White House, next to the First Lady's. These fiercely compassionate women inspired each other to right the wrongs of the turbulent era in which they lived. During the Depression, Hick reported from the nation's poorest areas for the WPA, and Eleanor used these reports to lobby her husband for New Deal programs. Hick encouraged Eleanor to turn their frequent letters into her popular and long-lasting syndicated column 'My Day, ' and to befriend the female journalists who became her champions. When Eleanor's tenure as First Lady ended with FDR's death, Hick urged her to continue to use her popularity for important causes--advice Eleanor took by leading the UN's postwar Human Rights Commission. At every turn, the bond between these two women was grounded in their determination to better their troubled world. Deeply researched and told with great warmth, Eleanor and Hick is a vivid portrait of love and a revealing look at how an unlikely romance influenced some of the most consequential years in American history"--Publisher description
A mind of her own : the life of Karen Horney by Susan Quinn( Book )

20 editions published between 1987 and 2003 in English and held by 1,456 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A biography of the psychoanalyst who challenged Freud's view of women
Furious improvisation : how the WPA and a cast of thousands made high art out of desperate times by Susan Quinn( Book )

7 editions published between 2008 and 2011 in English and held by 927 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Federal Theater Project managed to turn a WPA relief program into a platform for some of the most inventive and cutting-edge theater of its time. This daring experiment in government support of the arts electrified audiences with exciting, controversial productions. Its plays stirred up politicians by putting the spotlight on social injustice, and starred some of the greatest figures in twentieth-century American arts, including Orson Welles, John Houseman, and Sinclair Lewis. Susan Quinn brings to life the politics of this desperate era when FDR, Eleanor Roosevelt, and chain-smoking idealist Harry Hopkins furiously improvised programs to get millions of hungry, unemployed people back to work. Quinn's compelling story of politics and idealism reaches a climax with the rise of Martin Dies and the House Un-American Activities Committee, which turned the FTP into the first victim of a Red scare that would roil the nation for the next twenty years.--From publisher description
Human trials : scientists, investors, and patients in the quest for a cure by Susan Quinn( Book )

6 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 736 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Over fifty million people suffer from some form of autoimmune disease--multiple sclerosis, arthritis, lupus, and other afflictions in which the body attacks itself--none of them with a lasting cure. Susan Quinn has investigated the worlds where new autoimmune drugs are being developed: the research labs, the drug-company boardrooms, and the clinics where patients become "subjects" in the search for new medicines and treatments. Her story is one of real people: fiercely competing scientists, ambitious venture capitalists, and, anxious, sick human beings. She takes the reader inside these otherwise closed worlds, into the lead investigator's diaries, the tense closed-door meetings with investors, and the hopeful or heart-rending encounters in doctor's offices. Hers is the archetypal story of all medical research: the roller-coaster trip from the lab bench to the medicine cabinet, in which only a very few new drugs and treatments survive. Susan Quinn catches the hopes, triumphs, and crushing failures, the greed and the idealism in these dramatic human trials
Eleanor and Hick : the love affair that shaped a first lady by Susan Quinn( Recording )

13 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 267 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A warm, intimate account of the love between Eleanor Roosevelt and reporter Lorena Hickok, a relationship that, over more than three decades, transformed both women's lives and empowered them to play significant roles in one of the most tumultuous periods in American history
Życie Marii Curie by Susan Quinn( Book )

3 editions published in 1997 in Polish and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Marie Curie : ett liv by Susan Quinn( Book )

1 edition published in 2000 in Swedish and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Marie Curie : uma vida by Susan Quinn( Book )

1 edition published in 1997 in Portuguese and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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Furious improvisation : how the WPA and a cast of thousands made high art out of desperate times
Furious improvisation : how the WPA and a cast of thousands made high art out of desperate timesHuman trials : scientists, investors, and patients in the quest for a cure
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