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In a small town, a woman of quiet passion and keen intellect lived two lives, the ordinary and the brilliant. Born in Kansas, Grace Stone was a young teacher in Butte, Montana when she married Henderson Coates in 1910. They moved to the fledgling town of Martinsdale. Coates wrote her father that she had been brought "into an alien land." Coates found another life in her writing, corresponding with William Saroyan, a young San Francisco writer who later became one of America's most celebrated writers and always credited Coates with influencing his work. She also shaped writers through her reviews and essays in The Frontier, a prominent literary magazine edited by H.G. Merriam. She regularly exchanged letters with Native American writer Frank Bird Linderman and Charles Russell art historian James Rankin. Coates' historian Lee Rostad has skillfully edited this rich legacy of correspondence into an intimate biography. It is adventure to uncover the real person behind the demure housewife.
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Lee Rostad and her husband, Phil, ranch in the northern foothills of the Crazy Mountains, not far from the Bair Ranch. A graduate of the University of Montana and a Fulbright Scholar, Rostad has authored five other books, including Grace Stone Coates: Her Life in Letters.
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A welcome contribution to women's studies Nov 8, 2004
Grace Stone Coates: Her Life In Letters is the true story of a literate, Kansas-born teacher who lived in the mining city of Butte, got married in 1910, and moved to a small town in Montana where she lived for the next 55 years in a place that felt like "an alient land" to her. Immersing herself into writing, she published poetry, short stories, letters, and a well-received novel, "Black Cherries". Grace Stone Coates: Her Life In Letters reveals the life and inspiration of an extraordinary woman through her correspondence with friends and loved ones, deftly edited by historian Lee Rostad. A welcome contribution to women's studies and biography shelves, offering insight into the mind and work of an acclaimed female author.