Milestones Dec. 9, 2002

DIED. HARRIET DOERR, 92, Lyrical, Award-Winning Author Who downplayed her social status as heiress to a railroad fortune and won a devoted critical and commercial following with three books, all published after she turned 73; in Pasadena, Calif. Known for her sharply beautiful, economical prose--she could labor over a sentence for an hour--Doerr based much of her writing on time spent with her family in Mexico, where her husband ran a mining business. She returned to college at 65 on a dare from her son, studied creative writing and went on to publish the 1984 novel Stones for Ibarra, which won...

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