City Park in Portsmouth, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
V. C. Andrews Monument
(rear) Books opened doors I hadn’t even realized were there. They took me up and out of myself, back into the past, forward into the future, put me on the moon, placed me in palaces, in jungles, everywhere. When finally I did reach London and Paris - - I’d been there before. When books fail to give me what I need, dreams supply the rest. A long time ago I dreamed I was rich and famous - - And I saw flowers growing in the attic. Dreams can come true, no matter what obstacles fate chooses to place as obstacles to hurdle, crawl under, or go around. Somehow I always manage to reach the far side. What else can I say? Have a goal and achieve it, despite everything is my only accomplishment. If I give a few million readers pleasure and escape along the way, I do the same for myself.
—Yours, Virginia C. Andrews.
Topics. This historical marker and monument is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Cemeteries & Burial Sites.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Portsmouth VA 23701, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lest We Forget (within shouting distance of this marker); A Living Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); General Lafayette Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Craney Island (approx. 1.1 miles away); Dale Point (approx. 2.3 miles away); Benedict Arnold at Portsmouth (approx. 2.6 miles away); Mount Calvary Cemetery Complex (approx. 2.6 miles away); Israel Charles Norcom High School (approx. 2.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Portsmouth.
Regarding V. C. Andrews Monument. V. C. Andrews (1923-1986), the pen name of Cleo Virginia Andrews, was a bestselling author born on June 6, 1923 in Portsmouth, Virginia. She wrote seven novels that sold over 30 million copies and consistently reached bestseller lists, according to Encyclopedia Virginia.org.
Andrews’ first book, Flowers in the Attic, was published in 1979. Dark Angel (1986) was her last. A complete
Reportedly crippled for most of her life by rheumatoid arthritis, Andrews nevertheless possessed the tenacious mind of a marathon runner. She was a goal-setting dreamer; a success. Such is what she tells us in her letter inscribed on the back of her monument.
Andrews died, age 63, of breast cancer on December 19, 1986 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. At least four of her unfinished novels were published posthumously by Andrew Neiderman, who wrote subsequent ones under V. C. Andrews’ name as well.
Also see . . .
1. The Complete VC Andrews. (Submitted on January 10, 2018, by Cynthia L. Clark of Suffolk, Virginia.)
2. VC Andrews Superfan Club (Facebook). (Submitted on January 10, 2018, by Cynthia L. Clark of Suffolk, Virginia.)
Additional keywords. Dollanager trilogy
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