Tag Archives: literature

  • Michigan Today

    Do you believe in miracles? Valentine Davies did.

    Midway through World War II, U-M alumnus Valentine Davies got the idea for Miracle on 34th Street, which has become one of the longest-lived and most-loved specimens of Christmas cinema.

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    Blue Angel

    After coming out at 86 years old, alumnus Forman Brown revealed he was the author of a groundbreaking 1933 novel about being young and gay at U-M.

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  • Scientist at Desk
    Michigan Today

    Arrowsmith’s Inspiration

    When his new novel Arrowsmith reached the nation’s bookstores in 1925, Sinclair Lewis was already the most celebrated American writer of the day. What neither Lewis nor his publishers said was how much Arrowsmith owed to what an obscure young scientist had told Lewis about life in the medical labs of U-M.


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