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Tuesday, June 7, 2016 6 Reasons Kate Turabian is a Total Boss

Here are 6 reasons Kate L. Turabian, author of the Turabian style manual, is a total boss:

1. A pamphlet she created to cite things ended up becoming "A Manual for Writers," a book that is still being published and is in its 8th edition.

As a result of her high expectations for students and since she had to look at every doctoral dissertation that crossed her desk, she wrote a pamphlet about formatting dissertations and theses.

2. She looked over every single doctoral thesis at the University of Chicago.

Every dissertation that was approved went across her desk. She critiqued the papers not only on form, but also on content.

3. She edited official publications for U. of Chicago.

Her high expectations aided her in editing each U. of Chicago publication.

4. She worked with Sherwood Anderson, the author of "Winesburg, Ohio," a short story collection focused on grotesque characters.

Before Anderson was famous, Turabian worked with him as a typist at an advertising agency. She worked this job without going to college because of health issues, but obviously gained valuable experience that would help her in her future career.

5. She worked in an esteemed position, published a book, and was present in the academic field before the feminist movement even began.

The feminist movement, notable for women working towards equal pay, academic opportunities, and respect as an individual person, began in the 1960’s. However, Turabian worked with students’ dissertations from 1920-1958, before the feminist movement even began.

6. Time.com named her the most read female writer in college classes early in 2016.

Largely thought of for its formatting techniques, "A Manual for Writers" discusses much more than formatting. It discusses voice, how to research, and how to structure an argument.

This information came from the following websites:

"Who Was Kate Turabian?" by the University of Chicago  

"100 Most Read Female Writers in College Classes" by Time

For more info on Kate Turabian and the style manual, check out our other post, "Turabian: Tale and Tactics."

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