Dear Ann, Dear Abby: The Unauthorized Biography of Ann Landers and Abigail Van Buren

 
9780131970045: Dear Ann, Dear Abby: The Unauthorized Biography of Ann Landers and Abigail Van Buren
From Publishers Weekly:

Pottker, a sociologist, and Speziale, a political speechwriter, emphasize that this is an unauthorized biography, written with no cooperation from the columnists, and questionably boast that their book "illuminates the unvarnished characters behind the image" of the two women. Twins "Eppie" and "Popo" Friedman were born in 1918 to Jewish immigrant parents in Sioux City; they married there in a dual wedding ceremony in 1939. Eppie's husband Jules Lederer, a salesman, worked for Popo's husband Morton Phillips, a successful businessman. The sisters remained close until Eppie moved to Chicago and Popo to San Francisco. Competition between them started when Eppie launched her career as "Dear Ann" on the Chicago Sun-Times with, Popo maintains, her help, before the latter became the San Francisco Chronicle's "Dear Abby." Stressing the women's failings, with seeming glee, the biographers pay only lip service to their achievements. Photos not seen by PW. 50,000 first printing; $50,000 ad/promo; first serial to the National Enquirer; author tour.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal:

This detailed and exhaustive "unauthorized" biography of the most famous American advice columnists chronicles their youth, marriages, careers, and "silent feuds" of professional rivalry. Twins Eppie and Poppo, as they are affectionately known to family and friends, became Ann and Abby. The authors have carefully researched their subjects and interviewed anyone who knows or knew anything about the famous duo. Thirty pages of explanatory notes follow the text for even more than readers might care to know. Popular requests will warrant purchase. Virginia A. Doser, Saddleback Coll. Lib., Mission Viejo, Cal.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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