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Dorothy Gilman (1923–2012)

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Dorothy Gilman was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey on June 25, 1923. She studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Under her married name, Dorothy Gilman Butters, she began publishing children's books in the late 1940s including Enchanted Caravan and The Bells of Freedom. In 1966, she visa mer published The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax, which became the first novel in the Mrs. Pollifax Mystery series. The series concluded in 2000 with Mrs. Pollifax Unveiled. The series was the basis of two movies: the 1971 feature film Mrs. Pollifax - Spy starring Rosalind Russell and the 1999 television movie The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax starring Angela Lansbury. Her other works include The Clairvoyant Countess, Incident at Badamya and Kaleidoscope. A Nun in the Closet won a Catholic Book Award. She died due to complications of Alzheimer's disease on February 2, 2012 at the age of 88. (Bowker Author Biography) visa färre
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Den otroliga Mrs Pollifax (1966) 1,702 exemplar
Mrs Pollifax i farten (1970) 1,100 exemplar
Den gäckande Mrs. Pollifax (1971) 965 exemplar
Den fantastiska mrs Pollifax (1973) 894 exemplar
Mrs. Pollifax on Safari (1977) 889 exemplar
Mrs. Pollifax, Innocent Tourist (1997) — Författare — 808 exemplar
Mrs. Pollifax Pursued (1994) 796 exemplar
Mrs. Pollifax och den andra tjuven (1993) — Författare — 754 exemplar
Mrs. Pollifax and the Lion Killer (1996) — Författare — 736 exemplar
Mrs. Pollifax Unveiled (2000) — Författare — 705 exemplar
A Nun in the Closet (1975) — Författare — 543 exemplar
The Clairvoyant Countess (1975) — Författare — 487 exemplar
The Tightrope Walker (1979) — Författare — 466 exemplar
Kaleidoscope (2002) 436 exemplar
Karavan (1992) — Författare — 433 exemplar
Thale's Folly (1999) 382 exemplar
Dockorna i Badamyâ (1988) 379 exemplar
Uncertain Voyage (1967) 310 exemplar
Bells of Freedom (1961) 125 exemplar
A New Kind of Country (1978) 107 exemplar
Girl in Buckskin (1956) 61 exemplar
The Calico Year (1953) 25 exemplar
Witch's Silver (1959) 16 exemplar
Ten Leagues to Boston Town (1962) 16 exemplar
Four-Party Line (1954) 16 exemplar
Heartbreak Street (1958) 12 exemplar
Heart's Design (1961) 10 exemplar
Carnival Gypsy (1950) 8 exemplar
Papa Dolphin's Table (1955) 4 exemplar
Masquerade 3 exemplar
Ragamuffin Alley (1951) 2 exemplar
Surprising Antonia 1 exemplar

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Reader's Digest Condensed Books 1983 v03 (1983) — Bidragsgivare — 32 exemplar
Reader's Digest Condensed Books 1970 v04 (1970) — Bidragsgivare; Bidragsgivare — 31 exemplar
Reader's Digest Condensed Books: The Seventh Secret • Arnie • A House Full of Company (1986) — Bidragsgivare; Bidragsgivare; Bidragsgivare — 25 exemplar
Reader's Digest Condensed Books 1972 v01 (1972) — Bidragsgivare — 24 exemplar
Reader's Digest Condensed Books 1991 v01 (1991) — Bidragsgivare — 22 exemplar
Reader's Digest Condensed Books 1977 v01 (1977) — Bidragsgivare; Bidragsgivare — 20 exemplar
Reader's Digest Condensed Books 1988 v01 (1988) — Bidragsgivare; Bidragsgivare; Bidragsgivare; Bidragsgivare — 18 exemplar
Mrs. Pollifax - Spy [1971 film] (2019) — Original book — 10 exemplar
Alfred Hitchcock's Fatal Attractions (1983) — Bidragsgivare — 7 exemplar
O Dom da Vida (Livros Condensados) (1991) — Bidragsgivare — 7 exemplar
Mrs. Pollifax and the Hong Kong Buddha | Dead On Cue | Bones (1985) — Bidragsgivare — 3 exemplar
Bad Trip | The Elusive Mrs. Pollifax | Dead Aim (1971) — Bidragsgivare; Bidragsgivare — 2 exemplar
The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax [1999 TV movie] — Original book — 1 exemplar


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Namn enligt folkbokföringen
Gilman Butters, Dorothy
Andra namn
Butters, Dorothy Gilman
New Brunswick, New Jersey, Verenigde Staten
New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA
Rye Brook, New York, USA
Norwalk, Connecticut, USA
Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
Portland, Maine, USA
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (1940-1945)
University of Pennsylvania (1963-64)
Art Students League of New York
art teacher
creative writing teacher
spy novelist
children's book author
Authors Guild
Priser och utmärkelser
MWA Grand Master (2010|Mystery Writers of America)
Kort biografi
Dorothy Edith Gilman was born in New Brunswick, NJ, the daughter of James Bruce, a minister, and Essa (Starkweather) Gilman, and said she decided on a writing career as a child. She attended university as well as fine art schools and became an art teacher and an instructor in creative writing. In 1945, she married Edgar Butters, Jr., a teacher; the couple had two children before divorcing in 1965. Under her married name, Dorothy Gilman Butters, she began publishing children’s books in the late 1940s.

The New York Times said in her obituary: "[Her] best-known heroine, Mrs. Pollifax, is very likely the only spy in literature to belong simultaneously to the Central Intelligence Agency and the local garden club."

The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax (1966) was the first novel in what would become a highly popular 14-book series about Mrs. Emily Pollifax, a bored 60-something retired grandmother in search of a bit of adventure in an otherwise mundane life.



I really enjoyed my first visit with Mrs. Pollifax and fully expect to continue on dipping into this adventurous and amusing series. Mrs. Pollifax is a sixtyish widow who decides to follow up on her ambition to become a spy. She presents herself at CIA headquarters and it just so happens that an elderly tourist is required to courier information from Mexico City to Washington and Mrs. Pollifax would be perfect in the role.

Almost before she knows it, she finds herself in Mexico City and this is where things start to go pear-shaped. She and another CIA agent are captured and spirited to a prison cell in Albania. Mrs. Pollifax then shows her true colors, she never gives up, always looks to the positive and actually enjoys meeting new people.

Of course the story is highly unbelievable, but the author has supplied a great setting and some wonderful characters so while you are reading the book, you fully accept what is happening. Mrs. Pollifax is the spy that we all wish we could be and I am already looking forward to her next adventure.
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DeltaQueen50 | 72 andra recensioner | Nov 21, 2023 |
A very unusual sort of cold war spy thriller from 1969. Emily Pollifax is a widow in her sixties, feeling bored and depressed about not having anything interesting to do with her life now that her children are all grown. Perhaps now is the time to chase the unfulfilled dreams of her youth? She did have fantasies, once upon a time, about being a secret agent. So she presents herself at CIA headquarters and volunteers her services. And, wouldn't you know, thanks to an unusual set of circumstances, they just happen to need someone who fits her exact profile for a very simple, low-risk mission... which, of course, doesn't go quite according to plan.

It's a silly premise, but fun. The plot isn't in itself super compelling (although it does end in a pleasantly satisfying way), but the main character is so appealing that she effortlessly carries the story all by herself. She's just such a great combination of an everywoman whose reactions to her situations are immediately relatable (like just really, really, really wanting a bath after multiple days in captivity) and a surprisingly impressive and admirable person: formidable, practical, adaptable, intelligent, and oh-so-easy to underestimate. Honestly, I was already fond of her five pages in, and I only grew more so the more I saw of her.
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bragan | 72 andra recensioner | Nov 20, 2023 |
Gilman states some important things very plainly and cleanly - she's a great advocate for simplicity and autonomy. The book could be more tightly focused, and I was repulsed by one chapter of total New Age gibberish, but the book makes a short and sweet antidote to consumerism.
mmparker | 4 andra recensioner | Oct 24, 2023 |
A young woman seeks justice based on the flimsiest of clues to the people involved in the wrong-doing. I was captivated by this old-fashioned style of telling a story in a way that draws on the characters and their actions. There's a mystery, a mild romance, and lots of suspense and adventure. An excellent tale of the MC becoming a confident adult.
SandyAMcPherson | 8 andra recensioner | Sep 23, 2023 |



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