That Time of Year: A Chronicle of Life in a Nursing Home

That Time of Year: A Chronicle of Life in a Nursing Home

That Time of Year: A Chronicle of Life in a Nursing Home

That Time of Year: A Chronicle of Life in a Nursing Home

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The biographical facts of Professor Joyce Mary Horner's life (July 13, 1903-March 24, 1980) may be very briefly sketched. She was born in Lofthouse, Yorkshire, England. She attended both Guiseley School and Leeds Girls' High School; then, after taking her undergraduate degree at St. Hilda's, Oxford, acquired a Master of Arts at Smith College in the United States. In the summers of 1941-1943, she participated in the University of New Hampshire Writers' Conference at Durham. She had taught in Canada, Texas, and at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland, before joining the English faculty at Mount Holyoke College in 1944. At Mount Holyoke in South Hadley, Massachusetts, she remained until her retirement, as a full professor, in 1969. She published two novels, The Wind and the Rain and The Greyhound in the Leash, and occasionally placed poetry in leading magazines. Her chief interest in teaching, combined with her constant enjoyment of good literature, was in composition -- particularly "the structure of the English sentence" in both fine prose and poetry. While at a hospital for tests after her retirement, she suffered a fall, breaking several bones; a semi-invalid as a result of this and her continuing arthritis, she left her home in South Hadley and en-

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