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2 Delayed Ambition In 1962, she took a course closer to her heart: creative writing. Lowry couldn’t write, however: She just didn’t have time. ”3 She was in her final trimester with her fourth child when she began the course. In mid-November, she missed a class to give birth to the couple’s last child, Benjamin. Somehow, she managed to return to class the very next week. ”4 The casual criticism cut Lowry to the quick. Tragedy Strikes A few months before, while pregnant with Benjamin, Lois Lowry had learned the sad news that her sister, Helen, had been diagnosed with cancer.
It was not a pleasant experience. After the security of small-town Pennsylvania and the insular military community in Japan, the large public school was overwhelming. By the end of the year, she convinced her parents to let her transfer. She began to attend Packer Collegiate Institute, a private girls school in Brooklyn, in her junior year. In 1954, she graduated. She was only a few months past her seventeenth birthday. Her parents wanted her to attend a state university in Pennsylvania where she would have qualified for low instate tuition, but Lois was not interested.
It may have been simply because he was sick of me sneaking into his office and using his typewriter—maybe he was nervous about the damage I might inflict as I endlessly, noisily taught myself how to type. 18 New Schools Lois’s family returned to Pennsylvania, where she entered her freshman year of high school. Again, though, the family did not stay settled. The next year they were in New York and living on Governors Island, an army base in New York Harbor. Because there were no high schools on the island, she enrolled at Curtis High School on Staten Island.
Lois Lowry by John Bankston