Texas Women’s University: Famous Alumnae

10 Jun

Anne Rice (1941) – Novelist

Best-selling author of mainstream gothic fiction that centers on the alluring subjects of vampirism, occult demonology, and the supernatural. (Gale Literary Databases) Works include the Vampire Chronicles series, Interview with the Vampire(1976) and The Vampire Lestat(1985) among others, and The Witching Hour, in which one of her characters attends Texas Woman’s University.

From The Witching Hour, a Mr. Lightner who is following Dierdre, comments about TWU:

“I arrived in Denton two days later. Texas Woman’s University was a lovely little school situated on low rolling green hills with vine-covered brick buildings, and neatly tended lawns. It was quite impossible to believe that it was a state institution.” (The Witching Hour, p. 556.)

Howard Anne Rice, daughter of Howard and Katherine O’Brien, was born in New Orleans. In the late 1950s, the family moved to Plano, Texas. Rice attended TWU in 1959-1960. She completed her education at San Francisco State College.


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