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Book Note: Judith Merril, Better To Have Loved: The Life of Judith Merril

I read this book about 4-Aug-2004. This is the first time I've read this book. The book is copyright 2002. This note was last modified Sunday, 08-Aug-2004 11:27:53 PDT.

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By Judith Merril and Emily Pohl-Weary. Edited posthumously by Emily from work in progress by Judith, with some parts written by Emily, as I understand the introduction.

A prettier and less interesting book than many of the memoirs of SF authors from that period that I have read. Which is not to say uninteresting, at all.

One thing that continues to startle me is just how easily one could make a bare living back then. A first novel sale could pay 10 months rent, at a rough calculation. Of course the standards of living people accepted were in many ways lower than what we have today.

Sounds like mostly Judith managed to figure out how to enjoy her life.

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