BOX II. 5 – Biographical – writings about Dix
and her work
Folder 5 of 18
Newspaper and reference book articles about Dix and her writings.
1. “Meet the Confidante,” by Albert H. Morehead. The Times-Picayune New
Orleans States, December 24, 1944. Released by the Bell Syndicate, Inc.
2. “First Lady Of The South.” The Times-Picayune New Orleans States,
Sunday, October 26, 1941. Pictorial story of Dix’s life and newspaper
career: Burbank, Pen Name, Murder Trial Reporter, Mardi Gras
Participant, Camel Travel, and a picture of Dix in front of her house on
6334 Prytania Street, New Orleans.
3. “Dorothy Dix: Clarksville’s Own ‘Dear Abby,’ by Jessie Robinette. The
Leaf -Chronicle, Clarksville, Tennessee, Sunday, September 20, 1981.
Cumberland Life, section D (3 copies).
4. “Dear Dorothy Dix,” by Christopher Rose. The Times- Picayune, Sunday,
May 26, 1996. Living, section D. Three photos of Dix at different ages
(young, middle, and older ages), one photo showing her in an elegant
dress for a social gathering (3 copies).
5. “Queen of Heartaches,” by John B. Kennedy. Collier’s, January 3,
6. “Elizabeth Meriwether Gilmer (Dorothy Dix) (18 November 1861-16
December 1951), by Whitney R. Mundt, Louisiana State University. List of
major positions held, books written by Dix, and short bibliography in
addition to the general bibliographical sketch, DLB v. 29.
7. “Gilmer, Elizabeth Meriwether (Dorothy Dix), November 18,
1861-December 16, 1951. Journalist. By Margaret Culley, ns.
8. “Dix, Dorothy, pseudo. of Elizabeth Meriwether Gilmer. Newspaper
columnist. Address: h. 6334 Prytania St, New Orleans, Louisiana.”
Current Biography – Who’s News and Why, 1940. Edited by Maxine Block.
The H.W. Wilson Company, New York, N.Y.
9. “Several years ago, tiny, bright-eyed little lady was closing the
door of her New Orleans home when a trembling woman in evening dress
rushed up to her. You’ve got to help me!” The woman cried in agitation.
“You wrote me advising me to give him time to get tired of her. I did.
And you were right. But there’s another woman again, and I’m going to
kill her. Talks about Dix’s correspondence to her many letter friends,
also some about her upbringing and career. By Harnett T. Kane with Ella
Bentley Arthur, 1952.
10. “Dorothy Dix Is Remembered With Affection,” by Harnett T. Kane and
Ella Bentley Arthur, ns., nd.
11. “Last Sunday’s Picayune contains a portrait and an interesting
sketch of a lady in whom the Pass feels a sincere pride – Mrs. Elizabeth
Meriwether Gilmer, whose bright writings are fast winning for her fame
in the literary world. The sketch concludes as follows…” [Pass Christian
Newspaper, Mississippi] nd.
12. “150 Years of The Times-Picayune REMEMBERING, Sunday, January 25,
1987. Section F, 36 pages. Nice photo that covers ¼ of the page of Dix
sitting at her desk. The text reads, “Elizabeth Meriwether Gilmer’s
advice column, written under the name Dorothy Dix, drew as many as 1,000
letters per day and reached 60 million readers” (2 copies).
13. “Clarksville Remembers Its Own: Dear Dorothy Dix,” by Kelly Horn.
The Leaf Chronicle, Cumberland Life, Clarksville, Tennessee. Sunday,
September 8, 1991. Includes the ten dictates for a happy life by Dix (3
14. “TODAY,” by Arthur Brisbane. Mentions Dorothy Dix as known to New
Orleans as Mrs. Gilmer, young and doing her best work. 1933, ns.
15. “DOROTHY DIX,” poem by Ethel Jacobson. Number 18 of a Series of
‘People You Know.’ Illustrated by Kenneth Stuart, ns.,nd, (from her
16. “In Miniature – Dorothy Dix. The lady of the understanding heart,”
by Clare Elliott. McCalls Magazine, January 1930 (from her scrap book).
17. “Stilling the Domestic Tempest. Dorothy Dix Writes About Pouring Oil
on Troubled Waters,” by Byron Steel, ns.,nd, (from her scrap book).
18. “Adviser to the Lovelorn. Sit down at Dorothy Dix’s desk if you want
to learn more about human nature. She has lent a sympathetic ear to the
problems of some 35 million people,” by Albert Goldstein, ns.,nd, (from
her scrap book).
19. “Dorothy Dix.” Short article talks about Dix as a born natural while
heading the woman’s department of the New Orleans Picayune. Mrs. Gilmer
is depicted as one of the foremost Southern journalists and her
versatility shows in the variety of newspaper work that she has done,
ns.,nd, (from her scrap book).
20. “Dinner with the Dead.” Montgomery County Historical Society, A
Rivers and Spires Project, April 11-16, 2005. A dinner theatre
presentation depicting six prominent dead local writers with
international and national reputation. The Dorothy Dix script was
written by and acted by Dr. Ellen Kanervo, professor of journalism,
Austin Peay State University.
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