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Onoto Watanna: THE STORY. has been added to your Cart. While her eldest sister (now acknowledged as the mother of Asian American fiction), was writing stories of downtrodden Chinese immigrants under the name Sui Sin Far, Winnifred's Japanese romance novels and stories became all the rage, thrusting her into the glittering world of New York literati.
book by Diana Birchall. In 1901, the young Winnifred Eaton arrived in New York City with literary ambitions, journalistic experience, and the manuscript for A Japanese Nightingale, the novel that would sell many thousands of copies and make her famous. Her performances as a Japanese-American novelist, as a screenwriter and as a rancher doyenne would win applause from Daniel Defoe. Eaton/Watanna has become a focal interest of American scholars in recent years. As her granddaughter, Birchall had informaitonal advantages in writing on her.
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Start by marking Onoto Watanna: The Story of Winnifred Eaton (Asian American Experience) as Want to Read: Want to Read savin. ant to Read. Diana Birchall truthfully pictured Winifred Eaton as a talented, inventive writer and a psychologically complicate woman. Diana Birchall also answered (at least partially) several questions that I had been wondering: 1. Did Winnifred fake her identity merely because of survival instinct and how did she feel about her own fabrication? Did she ever feel shame? 2. Was she never discovered by her audience or journalists and reporters at the height of her fame?
Authors: Diana Birchall. ISBN 13: 9780252026072.
Authors: Diana Birchall.
Asian American Experience. Birchall's engaging biography of her grandmother will appeal to a broad range of readers: scholars of Asian American literature, students of literary life in New York City, feminist historians exploring the careers of literary women, cinema historians concerned with the medium's early development in Hollywood, critics of Canadian literature, and teachers and practitioners of family history. Birchall was a novice biographer when she began work on this study; but in the process of writing it she transformed herself into a scholar.
Diana Birchall, author of Onoto Watanna: The Story of Winnifred Eaton Onoto Watanna (1875-1954) was born Winnifred Eaton, the daughter of a British father and a Chinese mother
Diana Birchall, author of Onoto Watanna: The Story of Winnifred Eaton Onoto Watanna (1875-1954) was born Winnifred Eaton, the daughter of a British father and a Chinese mother. The earliest essay here, A Half Caste, appeared in 1898, a year before Miss Numé: A Japanese-American Romance, the first of her best-selling novels. The last story, Elspeth, appeared in 1923.
Winnifred Eaton was a Canadian author and screenwriter. Although she was of Chinese-British ancestry, she published under the Japanese pseudonym Onoto Watanna and under the name Winifred Reeve. Eaton was the daughter of an English merchant, Edward Eaton, who met her Chinese mother while on a business trip to Shanghai. Her mother was Grace "Lotus Blossom" Trefusis, the adopted daughter of English missionaries.
Winnifred Eaton was only fourteen years old when one of her stories was accepted for publication by a Montreal . Onoto Watanna: The Story of Winifred Eaton by Diana Birchall (2001). List of Asian American writers.
Winnifred Eaton was only fourteen years old when one of her stories was accepted for publication by a Montreal newspaper that had already published pieces by her sister. Before long she also had articles published in several popular magazines in the United States, notably the Ladies' Home Journal. Poster for Klaw & Erlanger's production of A Japanese Nightingale in New York in 1903. She left home at the age of seventeen to take a job as a stenographer for a Canadian newspaper in Kingston, Jamaica. List of women writers.
Diana Birchall, Eaton's granddaughter, tells the Horatio Alger story of the woman who became Onoto Watanna. Her popular Japanese-themed romance novels thrust her into the glittering world of New York's literati. From there she leapt to Hollywood to become a scriptwriting protÈgÈe of Carl Laemmle at Universal Studios
Onoto Watanna : THE STORY OF WINNIFRED EATON. Asian American Experience (University of Illinois).
Onoto Watanna : THE STORY OF WINNIFRED EATON. By (author) Diana Birchall.
While commercially successful women writers were uncommon a century ago, Winnifred Eaton (1875-1954) cultivated a particular persona to set herself apart even within this rare breed. Born to a British father and a Chinese mother, Winnifred decided to capitalize on her exotic appearance while protecting herself from Americans' scorn of Chinese: she "became" Japanese, assuming the pen name Onoto Watanna. While her eldest sister, Edith Maude Eaton (now acknowledged as the mother of Asian American fiction), was writing stories of downtrodden Chinese immigrants under the name Sui Sin Far, Winnifred's Japanese romance novels and stories became all the rage, thrusting her into the glittering world of New York literati.
Diana Birchall chronicles the sometimes desperate, sometimes canny, always bold life of her "bad grandmother," about whom she knew almost nothing until her own adulthood. Here are the details of an amazing professional career as a journalist, a bestselling novelist, and a Hollywood scriptwriting protégée of Carl Laemmle at Universal Studios.
Here, too, is the personal saga of a woman who bore "a book and a baby a year" during her troubled first marriage--and who, at the age of fifty-six, wooed back her estranged second husband when her Hollywood career hit the skids during the Great Depression. Having achieved early fame as a Japanese romance writer, Winnifred later jettisoned the kimono and wrote books (including one entitled Cattle) set on the plains of Alberta, where her husband owned a ranch.
A chameleon? A desperate poseur? A shrewd businesswoman? She was all that, and much more, as Diana Birchall demonstrates. Navigating the shifting boundary between life and art, Birchall probes Winnifred's conflicting stories, personal tempests, and remarkable accomplishments, presenting a woman whose career was "sensational" in every sense.
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