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ID
c188
Title
"The Man Who Shaped My Destiny."
Genre
Essay
Page Count
1
Word Count
1000
Publisher
Woman
Publication Year
1972
Document Types
Full-text Online
Autobiographical
Topics
Education

In one of a series called "The Moment That Shaped My Life," in which "six famous writers describe their great moments of self-discovery," Bates vividly recalls the role of his Kettering School English teacher, Edmund Kirby in Bates's growth from lethargy to "ambition" that "shone like a beacon. I knew that I not only wanted to be, but had to be, a writer." The essay includes phrases from a similar account of Kirby's influence in Vanished World(102-106) which was published in 1969. In Woman (September 16, 1972, lxxi, 1839, p. 42).


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