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Kathryn Forbes (1908–1966)

Author of Mama's Bank Account

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Kathryn Forbes was the pseudonym of Kathryn Anderson, author of the best-selling collection of stories concerning the daily struggles of an emigrant Norwegian family living in San Francisco in the early 1900s entitled Mama’s Bank Account (1943), which was adapted for the stage, cinema, and television as I Remember Mama by John Van Druten. Both of her Kathryn's parents were native-born Americans, but her grandmother had come to the USA in the late 19th century. Her 1947 novel Transfer Point took a less nostalgic look at life in San Francisco after World War I. Kathryn married Robert McLean, a carpenter, with whom she had two sons.
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