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Marion Zimmer was born in Albany, NY, on June 3, 1930, and married Robert Alden Bradley in 1949. Mrs. Bradley received her B.A. in 1964 from Hardin Simmons University in Abilene, Texas, then did graduate work at the University of California, Berkeley, from 1965-67. She was a science fiction/fantasy fan from her middle teens, and made her first sale as an adjunct to an amateur fiction contest in 1949. She had written as long as she could remember, but wrote only for school magazines and fanzines until 1952, when she sold her first professional short story to VORTEX SCIENCE FICTION. She wrote everything from science fiction to Gothics, but is probably best known for her Darkover novels. In addition to her novels, Mrs. Bradley edited many magazines, amateur and professional, including Marion Zimmer Bradley's FANTASY Magazine, which she started in 1988. She also edited an annual anthology called SWORD AND SORCERESS for DAW Books. Over the years she turned more to fantasy. She wrote a novel of the women in the Arthurian legends-Morgan Le Fay, the Lady of the Lake, and others-entitled MISTS OF AVALON, which made the NY Times best seller list both in hardcover and trade paperback, and she also wrote THE FIREBRAND, a novel about the women of the Trojan War. She died in Berkeley, California on September 25, 1999, four days after suffering a major heart attack. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Marion Zimmer Bradley captures well the challenges that outsiders faced in mid-century America, whether they were circus folk set among small communities or, more specifically, the... Read morePublished 19 days ago by Shawn Murphy
I had read and enjoyed The Dreyfus Affair, and one of the people who reviewed it here mentioned that The Catch Trap covered some of the same ground better. Read morePublished on July 17 2004 by Karen Tobin
Most of the positive things that have been said about this book are true. The detail is vivid, the characters are believable and complex, and the issues that the book faces are... Read morePublished on Feb. 17 2001 by A.J. Chodan
Amazing, wonderful writing.... MZB has truly done a labor of love....a rich, steamy, thick work of writing....
The plotting, structure, narrative...a must read..... Read more
Bradley has crafted a beautiful epic around two circus performers. The novel is well reserached and brings the atmosphere of the circus to life. Read morePublished on June 19 2000 by David Oliveras
The Catch Trap is not only elegantly written, full of detail and complex in its characterization, it is the most tightly written of MZB's larger novels. Read morePublished on Nov. 9 1999 by email@example.com
it was the best love story ever, perfectly designed by a great author like marion zimmer bradlley. if you like romance, action, drama, family values, this is the book for you. Read morePublished on Oct. 10 1999
I came to this book fortuitously, being a real fans of MZB Darkover novels. I never thought to find myself with such a moving tale. Read morePublished on July 6 1999 by Dragon.firstname.lastname@example.org