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Breuer, Bessie, (b. 1893) | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

Name: Breuer, Bessie, (b. 1893)

Historical Note: Bessie Breuer nee Freedman was born October 19, 1893 in Cleveland, Ohio to Samuel and Julia Freedman.  After graduating from the Missouri State University School of Journalism, she worked, first, as a reporter for the St. Louis Times, then as an editor for the New York Tribune.    She left that position to become the national director of magazine publicity for the American Red Cross at the end of World War I, and subsequently joined the staff of the Ladies Home Journal.  In 1925 she married her third husband, the painter Henry Varnum Poor.  Part of the expatriate movement, Breuer moved to France and began writing fiction under the encouragement of Kay Boyle and others.  After successfully publishing a few short stories, she published her first novel, Memory of Love, in 1934.  Between 1934 and 1961, Bessie Breuer published four novels, one collection of short stories, and a play, Sundown Beach, which was produced by Elia Kazan in 1948.

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