Susan Tifft

When Susan Tifft, who died April 1 at 59, was diagnosed with uterine cancer, doctors gave her a year to live; she lasted nearly three, and her "cancer chick" journal was a tale of toughness, insight and grace--the qualities she brought to whatever she did. Tifft launched her career as a speechwriter for Jimmy Carter, later worked as a journalist for TIME and ended up as a professor at Duke, but she was a teacher throughout. Clumsy young writers could be scared of her. But then she'd welcome you in with a dry Yankee warmth and assure you that if you...

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