Pulling Harvey Out of Her Hat: The Amazing Story of Mary Coyle Chase

Mimi Pockross (Author)

Product Details

Limelight Editions
Publish Date
December 01, 2020
6.0 X 9.0 X 0.5 inches | 0.95 pounds
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About the Author

Mimi Pockross is an award-winning freelance writer who specializes in writing about the arts, education, and family. She has written articles for many local and national publications including the Chicago Tribune, Colorado Heritage, and The Denver Post. Like Mary Chase, she is a wife, mother, and grandmother who also writes, and like Mary Chase, she is a longtime resident of Colorado.


A very enjoyable and interesting story that needs to be told.--David Forsyth, Clear Creek County Historian
A well-researched and detailed biography of Pulitzer Prize-winner Mary Chase. Her beloved play, Harvey, written in 1944, is still being produced today in theatres around the world.--Joanna H. Kraus, playwright, Professor Emerita, State University of New York
A charming, intimate portrait of Denver playwright Mary Coyle Chase... weaves history into the narrative to give the necessary perspective on the era in which Chase's blockbuster Harvey was written and further explores far beyond the Harvey narrative in detailed explanation of the totality of Chase's work including her extensive efforts with children's plays.--Cle Cervi Symons, publisher of the Cervi Journal
The shallow thought Mary Chase just sought to entertain with Harvey as an escapist fantasy. Hidden behind the surface was an acute critic with a larger vision and message. Mimi Pockross begins to peak behind the scenes in this much needed book.--Phil Goodstein, historian to the author of Modern East Denver
Pulling Harvey Out of Her Hat is a warm and informative story of Denverite Mary Coyle Chase who wrote the endearing and inspirational play Harvey that is known and loved by generations of American theater and movie lovers.--Georgianna Contiguglia, Past President and CEO of History Colorado
Mimi Pockross has created a warm and human profile of playwright Mary Coyle Chase, author of the stage and screen comedy classic Harvey. Pockross's biography provides a lovingly detailed vision of how Chase tenaciously persevered at her craft and eventually succeeded writ large, adding to the American comedic canon at a time when few women were able or permitted to do so.--Andrew Erdman, author of Queen of Vaudeville: The Story of Eva Tanguay
[Pockross] shows how Chase has been historically dismissed because she was a female playwright who lived and worked outside New York, specialized in comedies, and often wrote for children. She also demonstrates how Chase was deemed an amateur because she was a wife and mother . . . Pockross attempts to reverse years of neglect with this new biography, and to a great extent, she succeeds. . . . Overall, Pulling Harvey Out of Her Hat: The Amazing Story of Mary Coyle Chase makes compelling reading for those who want to learn more about a forgotten writer, or anyone with a soft spot for an invisible rabbit.--Talkin' Broadway