Prudence Mackintosh

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Prudence Mackintosh is one of a circle of writers closely associated with Texas Monthly magazine. According to the l997 edition of TEXAS WOMEN WRITERS, “She is not the only woman in this group, but she is perhaps the most prominent and longstanding.” A contributing editor from the magazine’s beginnings in 1973, Prudence’s work has continued to appear in its pages for more than three decades. She gained a loyal following through the years with her observations on social rites of passage for Texas women and her essays on the rearing of three boys. In 1976, she received a Penney-Missouri Award for excellence in lifestyle journalism. Her work has appeared in several national magazines, newspapers and is frequently anthologized in college writing texts.

Her first book, THUNDERING SNEAKERS, was solicited and published by Doubleday in 1981. Jane Pauley introduced her second book, RETREADS on the Today Show in 1985. Work on a third book about letting go of her sons stalled briefly when they didn’t go. In the interim, she published a collection of essays about being a woman in Texas entitled JUST AS WE WERE, A NARROW SLICE OF TEXAS WOMANHOOD. (1996) The boys, now young men, have finally flown the nest allowing her to complete her most recent book, SNEAKING OUT (2002.)

Born in Texarkana, Texas in 1944, Prudence grew up in a newspaper office where her father was the editor and her mother, a reporter, women’s editor, proofreader. Her brother became a television journalist. She fondly remembers the Texarkana Gazette newsroom as a noisy place with clacking L.C. Smith typewriters, teletype machines, ringing telephones and reporters who never bothered to edit conversation in the presence of a child. She attended Texarkana public schools and was graduated from the University of Texas in 1966.

She is a popular public speaker for corporate, charitable and commencement crowds. She has participated in the Arts and Letters Live series in Dallas. Prudence lives in Dallas with her attorney husband who is also her favorite editor. Their sons who provided so much material for her early writing now live in New York, Denver, and Houston.

She is a member of the Author’s Guild, the Texas Institute of Letters, and the Philosophical Society of Texas.


Selected Works

Essays
Thundering Sneakers
"This is the ultimate book on the rich and rowdy life of mothers and sons." Magnificently humorous reading more therapeutic than a dozen of the best books on the art of parenting.
Just As We Were, A Narrow Slice of Texas Womanhood
“No one has described the world of Texas women with more irony and accuracy.”
Sneaking Out
With her “characteristic wit and intelligence,” Mackintosh completes the trilogy begun in her earlier books.



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