Literary Birthday – 14 January – Emily Hahn

Emily Hahn was born 14 January 1905 and died 18 February 1997.


  1. I have deliberately chosen the uncertain path whenever I had the choice.
  2. Nobody said not to go.
  3. The Bohemian who tires of life, who gives up by retirement into insanity or suicide, is not necessarily one who had failed in what he wants to express.
  4. Free choice is a very precious thing.
  5. The steward just asked me if I was not afraid to travel alone, and I said, ‘Why, it is life.’

Emily Hahn was an American author and journalist. An explorer, feminist, and free spirit, she wrote 52 books, and more than 180 articles and stories for The New Yorker. Her extensive travels influenced much of her writing. She is remembered for two books, The Soong Sisters and China to Me, which were written during her years in China under Japanese occupation during WWII. She is the author of the memoir No Hurry to Get Home.

 by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 14th January 2018