In Memoriam: Dora Saint

My world is sad right now: I learned this week that one of my favorite authors passed away very recently.  Dora Saint (better known by her pen name Miss Read) was a prolific writer of novels, as well as magazine articles and British television programs. But it was her novels that endeared her to me.  They were truly some of the most uplifting, comforting, life-appreciating novels I have ever read.  I have read most of them over and over again — and in fact am in the middle of one right now.

I’m always saddened when someone with such a powerful gift and talent from God departs this earth and leaves us a little poorer. But she wrote scores and scores of books in her 90+ years, and her gift to the world is still very much alive.

I post this memorial in honor of Dora Saint, in gratitude for her legacy, and for the joy she has given and continues to give.  I only hope that I can at least come close to being as influential and life-affirming for my readers as she has been for me and for the tens of thousands of other readers who have loved her dearly.

5 thoughts on “In Memoriam: Dora Saint

  1. I don’t recall reading anything by Dora Saint; but I can certainly relate to your feelings of loss at the passing of a talented artist who brought the beauty of God’s world into clearer and sharper focus for her many fans.
    In 1960, a thirty-six year old mother of two sons (about 9 and 13 at the time) and wife to a sucessful businessman,
    Norma Zimmer joined theLawrence Welk Show as the Champaigne Lady, and her beautiful, strong, clear first soprano voice thrilled live and TV audiences for nearly 25 years until Welk’s death ended the show. And then when the show became a source of re-runs on Public Television, Norma joined with other members of the “Welk Family” to promote the show and keep it alive by doing live interviews on the weekly re-run shows and singing for the promotional Public TV specials 2 or 3 times a year. In one of her last performances, Norma sang “His Eye Is On The Sparrow” — one of my favorite hymns in that sweet, strong, clear soprano voice that soared undimished through the ravages of time. Norma died in 2011. The Lawrence Welk show, in a tribute to Norma Zimmer in April of 2012 showed that performance. I cried.

  2. I do not know of her writings, although have heard of her. I read and have re-read books by Terry Brooks.Richard Adams.etc But I am with the same feel as you about authors you regularly read. I seem to get that feeling that I know them and become part of my life. Therefore would be sadly missed. Thanks for your memorial and thoughts. 😉

    1. Thank you, Gerry. I do feel as though I’ve lost a member of my family. There have been 2 or 3 other authors that I feel that close to as well. But I take heart from those feelings, even when they are sad, because those deep feelings remind me that I have the opportunity — just as these authors did — to touch people’s lives as deeply. I need to be faithful to use that opportunity wisely. Being an author is really a sacred trust of sorts, isn’t it?

    1. How, nice of you, David. Thank you for being so thoughtful. I tried, over the past two years, to get in touch with Dora Saint, but, even though there are a couple of Internet sites with a lot of information, there was never any contact information. After I began this blog this past year and met several people from England, they even tried to help me find a way to contact her, but to no avail. She was in her 90’s, so I imagine that she protected her privacy pretty closely at that point, and I don’t really blame her. I’m sure it would have been a much greater honor for me to connect with her than it would have been for her, but as an author myself, I just like to make every effort to let those I love and appreciate know that I do. She lived a good, long life and shared a great deal of it with the world. That’s a great testimony in itself.

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