Alice Adams

Literary Birthday – 14 August – Alice Adams

Alice Adams was born 14 August 1926, and died 27 May 1999.


  1. Some smart person once said that what happens is your critical standards rise, and your talent does not necessarily increase in a commensurate way.
  2. I have the perception that people talk about old age in two ways. One is to focus on the horrors of it, not that they should be underestimated, and the other is to romanticise it.

Adams sometimes followed a pattern she called ABDCE in outlining a short story, which she described to her friend Anne Lamott.

Read: The ABDCE Pattern for Writing a Short Story

Alice Adams was an American novelist, short story writer, and university professor. She wrote 11 novels but is best known for her short stories, which can be read in The Stories of Alice Adams.

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Posted on: 14th August 2014