Fawn McKay Brodie


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Fawn McKay Brodie (September 15, 1915 – January 10, 1981) was a biographer and one of the first female professors of history at UCLA, who is best known for Thomas Jefferson: An Intimate History (1974), a work of psychobiography, and No Man Knows My History (1945), an early and still influential non-hagiographic biography of Joseph Smith, Jr., the founder of the Latter Day Saint ... more »

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  • ''A man's memory is bound to be a distortion of his past in accordance with his present interests, and the most faithful autobiography is likely to mirror less what a man was than what he has become.''
    Fawn M. Brodie (1915-1981), U.S. biographer. No Man Knows My History, ch. 19 (1945).
  • There is, of course, a gold mine or a buried treasure on every mortgaged homestead. Whether the farmer ever digs for it or not, it is there, haunting his daydreams when the burden of debt is most unbe...
    Fawn M. Brodie (1915-1981), U.S. biographer. No Man Knows My History, ch. 2 (1945).
  • ''Show me a character whose life arouses my curiosity, and my flesh begins crawling with suspense.''
    Fawn M. Brodie (1915-1981), U.S. biographer. quoted in Los Angeles Times Home Magazine (Feb. 20, 1977).
  • ''Housework is a breeze. Cooking is a pleasant diversion. Putting up a retaining wall is a lark. But teaching is like climbing a mountain.''
    Fawn M. Brodie (1915-1981), U.S. biographer. quoted in Los Angeles Times Home Magazine (Feb. 20, 1977).
  • ''A passion for politics stems usually from an insatiable need, either for power, or for friendship and adulation, or a combination of both.''
    Fawn M. Brodie (1915-1981), U.S. biographer. Thomas Jefferson, ch. 1 (1974).
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