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Dorothy Gilman (1923–2012)

Autor/a de The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax

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Sobre l'autor

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 mostra'n més 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) mostra'n menys
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Obres de Dorothy Gilman

The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax (1966) 1,734 exemplars
The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax (1970) 1,130 exemplars
The Elusive Mrs. Pollifax (1971) 988 exemplars
A Palm for Mrs. Pollifax (1973) 916 exemplars
Mrs. Pollifax on Safari (1977) 902 exemplars
Mrs. Pollifax, Innocent Tourist (1997) — Autor — 823 exemplars
Mrs. Pollifax Pursued (1994) 815 exemplars
Mrs. Pollifax and the Second Thief (1993) — Autor — 770 exemplars
Mrs. Pollifax and the Lion Killer (1996) — Autor — 751 exemplars
Mrs. Pollifax Unveiled (2000) — Autor — 716 exemplars
A Nun in the Closet (1975) — Autor — 558 exemplars
The Clairvoyant Countess (1975) — Autor — 501 exemplars
The Tightrope Walker (1979) — Autor — 477 exemplars
Caravan (1992) — Autor — 442 exemplars
Kaleidoscope (2002) 439 exemplars
Incident at Badamya (1988) 388 exemplars
Thale's Folly (1999) 386 exemplars
Uncertain Voyage (1967) 319 exemplars
Bells of Freedom (1961) 129 exemplars
A New Kind of Country (1978) 109 exemplars
Girl in Buckskin (1956) 62 exemplars
The Calico Year (1953) 26 exemplars
Four-Party Line (1954) 16 exemplars
Ten Leagues to Boston Town (1962) 16 exemplars
Witch's Silver (1959) 16 exemplars
Heartbreak Street (1958) 13 exemplars
Heart's Design (1961) 10 exemplars
Carnival Gypsy (1950) 8 exemplars
Papa Dolphin's Table (1955) 4 exemplars
Masquerade 3 exemplars
Ragamuffin Alley (1951) 2 exemplars
Surprising Antonia 1 exemplars

Obres associades

Reader's Digest Condensed Books 1970 v04 (1970) — Col·laborador; Col·laborador — 31 exemplars
Reader's Digest Condensed Books: The Seventh Secret • Arnie • A House Full of Company (1986) — Col·laborador; Col·laborador; Col·laborador — 27 exemplars
Reader's Digest Condensed Books 1972 v01 (1972) — Col·laborador — 24 exemplars
Reader's Digest Condensed Books 1991 v01 (1991) — Col·laborador — 22 exemplars
Reader's Digest Condensed Books 1977 v01 (1977) — Col·laborador; Col·laborador — 20 exemplars
Reader's Digest Condensed Books 1988 v01 (1988) — Col·laborador; Col·laborador; Col·laborador; Col·laborador — 18 exemplars
Mrs. Pollifax - Spy [1971 film] (2019) — Original book — 10 exemplars
Alfred Hitchcock's Fatal Attractions (1983) — Col·laborador — 7 exemplars
Mrs. Pollifax and the Hong Kong Buddha | Dead On Cue | Bones (1985) — Col·laborador — 3 exemplars
Bad Trip | The Elusive Mrs. Pollifax | Dead Aim (1971) — Col·laborador; Col·laborador — 2 exemplars
The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax [1999 TV movie] — Original book — 1 exemplars


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Coneixement comú

Nom oficial
Gilman Butters, Dorothy
Altres noms
Butters, Dorothy Gilman
Data de naixement
New Brunswick, New Jersey, Verenigde Staten
Data de defunció
Lloc de naixement
New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA
Lloc de defunció
Rye Brook, New York, USA
Llocs de residència
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
Premis i honors
MWA Grand Master (2010|Mystery Writers of America)
Biografia breu
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.



Emily Pollifax does it again -- oh no, no spoilers! I don't mean whether her assignment was a triumph or not (use your imagination). I mean that I was once again riveted on every page.

I so appreciate these gutsy tour guides to parts exotic and unknown, the tidbits of history, the depth of how she makes me feel like I am really there. And what fun it is to follow along on Google Maps! I especially appreciate Google's contributors' photographs of the regions that are included.

I also savor the craft that Ms. Gilman displays in her character development and plotting. Great stuff! Not earth-shaking; not literary brilliance. But solid, HIGHLY entertaining adventure, and one of my favorite characters in fiction these days.

Thank you Ms. Gilman, for a much-needed, intelligent escape.
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BethOwl | Hi ha 21 ressenyes més | Jan 24, 2024 |
Another improbable yet exciting and very fun adventure with the unsinkable Emily Pollifax. This was super fun because I traced her travels across Türkiye with Google Maps, including some sightseeing with the photos included.

Loved the little twist at the end, although the ending did seem a little rushed. Did Gilman have a deadline pending? Oh, well, it was loads of fun. Beware: These are obviously addictive!
BethOwl | Hi ha 40 ressenyes més | Jan 24, 2024 |
Oh what a delight! Where have you been all my life, Dorothy Gilman & Mrs. Pollifax? Oh, I know the answer to that... I would never have imagined reading a "spy novel." Just not a genre that interests me.

But I am so glad I stumbled across this! Because I love reading about older women breaking out of the mold (especially difficult in the 1960s), and having an adventure or two. Enterprising, somewhat prim, yet steel nerves when it comes to it. She is wonderful, the writing is droll and the plot is mesmerizing. Could not put it down after the first half.

Such fun! Bring on the next one!
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BethOwl | Hi ha 73 ressenyes més | Jan 24, 2024 |
Another romp, this time through Zambia ... really liked the pacing of this one, with more showcasing of the exotic scene and the feeling of Africa, with all the action sort of piling up at the end.

Plus: is there romance in the air for Emily?? :)
BethOwl | Hi ha 22 ressenyes més | Jan 24, 2024 |



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