Kathryn Hulme

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Kathryn Hulme
Kathryn hulme ca 1920.jpg
BornKathryn Cavarly Hulme
(1900-07-06)July 6, 1900
San Francisco, California
DiedAugust 25, 1981(1981-08-25) (aged 81)
Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii
SpouseLeonard D. Geldert (1925–1928)
PartnerMarie Louise Habets (1905–1986)
 
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Kathryn Hulme
Kathryn hulme ca 1920.jpg
BornKathryn Cavarly Hulme
(1900-07-06)July 6, 1900
San Francisco, California
DiedAugust 25, 1981(1981-08-25) (aged 81)
Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii
SpouseLeonard D. Geldert (1925–1928)
PartnerMarie Louise Habets (1905–1986)

Kathryn Hulme (July 6, 1900 – August 25, 1981) was an American author and memoirist most noted for her novel The Nun's Story. The book is often, mistakenly, understood to be semi-biographical.

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Her 1956 book The Nun's Story was a best-selling novel which was made into an award-winning 1959 movie starring Audrey Hepburn and Peter Finch.

Another work, The Undiscovered Country: A Spiritual Adventure published by Little, Brown & Co. was a description of her years as a student of mystic G. I. Gurdjieff and her eventual conversion to Catholicism. Hulme studied with Gurdjieff as part of a group of women known as "The Rope", which included eight members in all: Jane Heap, Elizabeth Gordon, Solita Solano, Margaret Caroline Anderson, Louise Davidson and Alice Rohrer, besides them.[1]

She is also the author of Wild Place, a description of her experiences as the UNRRA Director of the Polish Displaced Persons (DP) camp at Wildflecken, Germany, after WWII. This work won the Atlantic Non-Fiction Award in 1952.

It was at Wildflecken that Hulme met a Belgian nurse and former nun named Marie Louise Habets, who became her lifelong companion. The Nun's Story is a slightly fictionalized biographical account of Habets' life as a nun.

In her 1938 fictionalized autobiography We Lived as Children, Hulme describes a child's perspective of San Francisco after the 1906 earthquake.

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  1. ^ The Rope gurdjieff-legacy.org.

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