Advice to a Young Wife from an Old Mistress by Michael Drury

by Michael Drury

Born in California, Michael Drury grew up among the redwoods and graduated from Stanford University, where she had already become a professional writer.  Drawn to New York City, she worked at Harper’s and Life, then went on to write seven books and over 300 feature articles, stories, profiles, essays and poems for the popular magazine press.

About the time of our publishing the second hardcover edition, the Reader's Digest put it on its cover and excerpted a selection from the book.  Barbara Walters, on her television show 20/20, interviewed school headmistress Jean Harris, who said, "There is a marvelous little book called Advice to a Young Wife from an Old Mistress, which if you don't have a copy of, you should.... In it, the man says to the woman, ‘Tell me that you you’re happy, but don’t tell me I make you happy.’…I thought of that line so many times, and thought, ‘Listen, if you’re happy, that’s great, and you’re ahead of the game, but don’t sit around waiting for somebody else to make you happy.’  And I never will again.”

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Portions of Advice to a Young Wife from an Old Mistress were first published in Glamour magazine in 1965. Doubleday, New York published a hardcover edition in 1968 and sold over 100,000 copies.  In 1993, Four Directions Press rediscovered the book and published a second hardcover edition, at which time it made the cover of Reader’s Digest. Republic Pictures in 1994 embarked on an NBC made-for-TV movie staring Anne Bancroft, which faltered in development. Random House published a third hardcover edition in 1995 with a big print-run in the USA and Canada, as well as a number of successful foreign language editions.

Today Four Directions Press has republished this timeless book about love and relationships in a paperback edition and a Kindle edition available on The Kindle edition is also available at the Kindle Store. An audiobook version, narrated by Blair Seibert, is available on Audible.

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