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Harriet Doerr was born Harriet Green Huntington on April 8, 1910 in Pasadena, California. She attended Smith College from 1927-1928 and Stanford University from 1928-1930, but left college when she got married. She received a B.A. from Stanford University in 1977. She wrote her first novel, Stones for Ibarra, at the age of 73. It won the American Book Award for first fiction and was made into a television movie starring Glenn Close in 1988. Her other works include Consider This, Señora, and The Tiger in the Grass: Stories and Other Inventions. Her work also appeared in several anthologies and periodicals. She died on November 24, 2002 at the age of 92. (Bowker Author Biography)
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Born and raised in California, Harriet Green Huntington attended Stanford University but left after her junior year to marry Albert Doerr. The couple moved to Mexico in the late 1950s. After her husband's death, Harriet Doerr returned to California and completed her BA degree at Stanford. She began writing and was soon publishing short stories. Her first novel Stones for Ibarra, was published in 1984, when Ms. Doerr was 74 years old, and won the National Book Award for first work of fiction. Her works were heavily influenced by her years of living in Mexico.