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Brodie, Fawn McKay

Born: 1915 AD
Died: 1981 AD
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1915 – Fawn McKay Brodie, born on the 15th of September in Ogden, Utah, she grew up in Huntsville, about ten miles east. She was a biographer and professor of history at UCLA.

 

1921 – Introduced to school, the six-year-old Fawn was advanced to the fourth grade.

 

1925 – At ten she had a poem printed in the LDS youth periodical, The Juvenile Instructor; at fourteen she was salutatorian of Weber High School.

 

1930 – 1932 – Attended Weber College, a two-year institution in Ogden then owned by the LDS Church, where she became an accomplished public speaker and participated in intercollegiate debate.

 

1934 – She then completed her B.A. in English literature at the University of Utah.

 

– After graduation, at age nineteen, she returned to teach English at Weber College, where she demonstrated excellent potential as a teacher.

 

1935 – She and Jensen were accepted for graduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and friends assumed they would be married.

 

1936 – At the University of Chicago, where she earned a M.A.

 

– She married Bernard Brodie on her graduation day, on the 28th of August.

 

1943 – She was encouraged enough to enter her three-hundred page draft in a contest for the Alfred A. Knopf literary fellowship, and in May her application was judged the best of the forty-four entries.

 

1944 – Finally completed her biography of Joseph Smith, and it was published the following year by Alfred A. Knopf when she was only thirty.

 

1946 – The LDS Church excommunicated her, and she never attempted to regain her membership.

 

1956 – Discovered evidence that Stevens might have killed a black girl who was pregnant with his child, complicating her attempt to rehabilitate his character.

 

1971 – She had a fifteen thousand dollar advance from her publisher and had presented a summary of her arguments at the annual meeting of the Organization of American Historians.

 

1974 – Thomas Jefferson: An Intimate History was published in February.

 

1980 – Became unusually tired. She was shortly diagnosed with metastatic lung cancer, although she had never smoked.

 

1981 – Richard Nixon: The Shaping of His Character was published.

 

– Died on the 10th of January, nine months before publication of the book. As death neared, the cancer spread to her brain and bones, and she experienced intense pain.