Reviewed: “Almost Famous Women” by Megan Mayhew Bergman

What a fabulous book! It is now on my list of ‘must reads’.

Adventures With Words

Almost Famous WomenMegan Mayhew Bergman hit on an intriguing idea when she wrote Almost Famous Women, a collection of short biographies of women who were almost famous.

Almost famous women are women who hovered on the edge of fame, of doing something that led to them being in the collective consciousness decades after their deaths. Bergman cites biographies of most of the women, but they probably aren’t commonly read in the 21st century. This qualifies as almost famous. More than that, though, is the fact that these women were known in their time and their place, even if it was just by the world they inhabited.

Bergman includes the three year old illegitimate daughter of Lord Byron, Edna St. Vincent Millay’s sister, Oscar Wilde’s niece, Butterfly McQueen – Prissy in Gone With the Wind, conjoined twins who moved in the same circles as Bob Hope, and an integrated swing band in…

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