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|Title:||Red of the Redfields|
|Publisher:||Doubleday, Page & Company|
It was no longer necessary for Dr. Redfield Pepper Burns to employ a secretary or an office nurse. After fifteen rushing years of work in his profession he had quite suddenly gone to pieces-"shot," as he himself put it. The literal truth was that he had worn himself out at an early age. A machine can't be run overtime, year after year, with very little attention to oiling and cleaning and rest, without getting itself ultimately to scrap-heap. Not that Burns was on any scrap-heap-or, if he was, that must be a place of much greater activity than is commonly supposed. But when an over-tired heart refuses to function without giving its owner frequent warning that it is liable to strike permanently, it becomes necessary for the owner to humour it.
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Author Bio for Richmond, Grace S.
Grace Richmond (1866-1959) was an American writer. Born Grace Smith in Rhode Island, she was married at a young age to Nelson Richmond with whom she had four children. Fresh from raising a family she soon began to write. Her first short story was published in 1891. She continued to write throughout her life producing 27 novels. Her themes tended towards romance which centered on idyllic characters. The New York Herald Tribune remarked that "Richmond makes all her people handsome and interesting and angelic." The New York Times said, "such paragons of beauty and behavior that they hardly seem to belong to the naughty world that most of us know." Despite this criticism, her books were quite popular, especially in England. (Twentieth century authors: a biographical dictionary of modern literature)
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