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Andre Norton by John Bankston

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Women celebrated their newfound freedom not just by voting, but also by participating in traditionally male activities, from smoking cigarettes to staying out all night at dance clubs. The corset, a confining undergarment, was abandoned for slips. Women took to wearing loose dresses that “flapped” as they danced. The “flapper” was born. This is the world in which Alice Norton grew up. Still a teenager as the 1920s faded, she came of age during a time Norton Luck when some women were pursuing their dreams without relying on a husband’s financial support.

But it would be some time before she got there. 43 Andre Norton in 1932, two years after leaving Case Western and two years before publishing her first novel, The Prince Commands. 4 Spies Like Us As a novelist, the 1930s were unproductive for Andre Norton. After The Prince Commands, she published only one other novel—the one she had finished in high school. Ralestone Luck shared a Southern accent with the 1936 bestseller, Gone With the Wind. By 1940, Norton may have been wondering if she would share the author’s fate as well.

Too many people investing too much borrowed money distorted the true value of the stocks. A market bubble was born. The bubble did not just burst on October 29, 1929; it exploded. The decline in stock values affected nearly every industry across the globe. F. Goodrich’s tire company and Cleveland’s Standard Oil. With so many companies failing, suppliers had fewer buyers. According to The Cambridge History of American Literature: Between 1930 and 1933, 9000 banks closed their doors or went bankrupt; 9 million savings accounts were lost.

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