Marion Zimmer Bradley feels that new authors don't need an agent; she says that the type of agent a new writer can get, they're better off without.
Marion Zimmer Bradley's funeral was held on October 17, 1999, in Saint Mark's Episcopal Church in Berkeley, California.
Marion Zimmer Bradley's funeral service included songs by Brahms and readings from the Bible that were chosen by Marion herself, before her death.
Marion Zimmer Bradley is most widely known for her novels, however she also edited magazines, such as Marion Zimmer Bradley's FANTASY Magazine.
Although Marion made her first professional sale in 1952, she'd actually sold a story to Fantastic/Amazing Stories in 1949 as a result of winning an amateur fiction contest.
Marion Zimmer Bradley was ordained in a Gnostic Catholic Church as a priest.
Her daughter, Moira Stern, was the soprano soloist at Marion's funeral.
Her novel The Mists of Avalon was on the New York Times best seller list when it was released in hard cover and again as a trade paperback.
After graduating university in Texas, she did graduate work at the University of California, Berkeley from 1965 to 1967.
Marion received her B.A. from Hardin Simmons University in 1964.
Her second marriage was to Walter Breen. This marriage lasted from June 3, 1964 until May 9, 1990, when they divorced.
Her first marriage was to Robert Alden Bradley; it lasted from October 26, 1949 until May 19, 1964, when they divorced.
Marion sold her first story to Vortex in 1952.
(about the religiousness in The Mists of Avalon)
Marion Zimmer Bradley: ...Part of the value of the book, if not the main virtue, was in reminding us that the moral majority types who have spoilt Christianity for decent people in the last decade are not a new thing, but have plagued all religions in all times ... history is full of Jerry Falwells, maybe to test true religion, which "is not puffed up..." and knows it is nothing if it "has not charity."
(on her novel, The Mists of Avalon)
Marion Zimmer Bradley: One of the main problems I had, in writing the Arthurian novel, was the fear that Christians would feel I was attacking the basics of Christianity, rather than the enormous bigotry and anti-feminism that have become grafted on to Christianity. I don't think they have any part in Christianity itself, or in the teachings of Christ.
Marion Zimmer Bradley: The main way to get started as a writer is to write: apply the seat of the pants firmly to the seat of the chair and just get down to it. Having a thousand "good ideas" in your head is no good; you have to get them on paper. Just sit down and do it.
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