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Cooper, Susan Augusta Fenimore (17 April 1813–31 December 1894), writer, was born at Heathcote Hill in Mamaroneck, Westchester County, New York, the daughter of the novelist James Fenimore Cooper and Susan Augusta DeLancey. The Cooper family members were devoted to one another, and the parents saw to it that each child received a fine education. Susan had tutors, attended private schools, spoke and read four languages, and studied American and English literature and history, as well as zoology and botany. She was also skillful in music, drawing, and dancing. She once danced in a great Parisian house to waltzes played by Chopin and Liszt while the hired musicians were eating their dinner....

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Gardner, Martin (21 Oct. 1914–22 May 2010), popular science and puzzle writer and editor, was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to James Gardner, a petroleum geologist and founder of an oil company, and Willie Morman Gardner. As a child Martin was fascinated by puzzles of all kinds, an interest encouraged by his father. From his mother he developed a love of reading and became a devotee of the ...