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The story The Happy Island has a very interesting author who led a very interesting life Dawn Powell The story took place in the 1930s which was an extremely important decade and it had a lot to do with advances in history In order to gain a better understanding of the book information about the author the time period and about the actual book must be talked about The Happy Island depicted the 1930s quite well and the story compared a little with the authors life Dawn Powell led a very dramatic and almost story-like life She was born in 1896 in Mount Gilead Ohio she was a middle child of three girls When she was seven her mother died having an abortion Her father was an alcoholic salesman who was never home and eventually left the family with their wicked stepmother Her stepmother forced Phyllis one of Powells sisters to change the outfit of a premature newborns clothes with the dress of Phyllises only doll At the age of 13 Powell was already educated but forbidden to attend High school by her stepmother so she ran away from home to live with her aunt Orpha May in Shelby Ohio She sweet talked herself into a work-study scholarship at Lake Erie College for women then she moved to Manhattan in 1918 Eventually Powell met Joseph Goushan got married and moved to Greenwich Village Her son Joseph Goushan jr jojo was thought to be retarded but actually had Autism which had not been identified in that time period After she became well known and friends with other writers like Hemingway stardom got to her head like when she said that she wrote because there is no one to talk to She was brutal in exposing posers and had a nasty wit but she stayed nice and loyal to her family and was never a snob Powell wrote thirteen novels and a couple of plays Some of
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