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Phyllis Renolds Naylor Her Life Reflected in Her Alice BooksPhyllis Renolds Naylor was born in Anderson Indiana on January 4 1933 She has written over eighty books for children teenagers and adults but her Alice books are most famous Phyllis Naylor reflects her life as a child in all her Alice books Phyllis started the Alice series so she could write down all of the embarrassing things that happened to her as a child She has provided comfort to many readers through Alice and her friends Most of the books in her Alice series show the readers many of the ins and outs life takes her through Hipple 404 Naylor has been through many of the agonies and joys that Alice McKinley experiences in her books and is glad she does not have to go through them again Qtd in Naylor The Agony of Alice back flap Basically Phyllis takes her life as a young girl growing up and puts them in her books For example Alice wants to be a clinical psychologist and Phyllis studied to be a clinical psychologist Naylor 55 Alices father manages a music store and she works in it on Saturdays Naylor got the idea of a music store from the one she used to sit in waiting for her son All but Alice back flap The most vivid memory in Naylors mind is the time she was playing Tarzan with a boy in her neighborhood when she was eight Naylor 94 She was Jane and he was Tarzan at some point in the script she was supposed to let him kiss her Although she wanted him to kiss her she collapsed with embarrassment everytime he got near her face Naylor 94 This episode takes place in The Agony of AliceI began thinking of all the other things I had done as a young girl that were silly or stupid and how I frequently hoped that whoever had seen me
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