“Eminently sensible and practical.”
– The New York Times Book Review
“A simple and usable technique of living…All I want to do is to buttonhole each and every one of my friends and say, ‘You must read Wake up and Live!
– Jean Starr Untermeyer
“Fascinating and exactly the spring tonic that most of us need.”
– Chicago Tribune
“She made her own test with sincerity and faith, and her entire life was changed to one of overwhelming success.”– Earl Nightingale, The Strangest Secret
About the Author
American author, lecturer and magazine editor, Dorothea Brande, was the youngest of five children born to Frederick S. and Alice P. Thompson of Chicago, Illinois. Alice Dorothea Alden Thompson was born in Englewood, a Chicago community, on 12 January, 1892. Both of her parents were originally from Maine and had previously lived in Delaware where her three oldest siblings were born. Her father was employed as a manager at local business in the Chicago area. Brande attended the Universities of Michigan and Chicago, earning her Phi Beta Kappa key at the former. She went on to work as a newspaper reporter in Chicago and later as circulation manager for American Mercury magazine during the time of H.L. Mencken and George Jean Nathan. In the 1930s she became an associate editor of Bookman magazine and later its successor (1934), the American Review. In the years to come Brande would also operate a nationwide correspondence school for aspiring writers and tour on the lecture circuit. In 1916 she married fellow Chicago newspaper reporter Herbert Brande (abt. 1890-?). Herbert would later gain some notoriety as an editorial writer. Their marriage ended in divorce sometime before 1930. In 1936 she married Seward B. Collins (1899-1952), who at the time was American Review's editor. Her inspirational book, "Wake Up and Live" (1936) was written during the Great Depression and was a best seller and her most successful book. She was also the author of "Becoming a Writer" (1934), "Most Beautiful Lady" (1935), "Letters to Philippa"(1937), "My Invincible Aunt" (1938) and others.