Because of her fascination with the supernatural, her life in New Orleans, and her daughter's death, Anne Rice .
exhibits powerful and dark emotions in her writings. .
Anne Rice's family life was not always a happy one. Her family was one of the lower middle class, struggling to .
make it. Katherine, her mother, became stressed over keeping a household and took to drinking. (Ramsland, 41) .
Anne's mom continued this habit throughout her life. I feel that this drinking had a major effect on Anne's writing .
style. Anne's books are full of vivid detail. They are written as if they were seen through the eyes of a drunk. .
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Anne's mother continued drinking until the day of her death in 1956. (Ramsland, 383) Katherine's death hit her .
daughter very hard. Since her mother had died, Anne had to become a mother to her two younger sisters, Tamara .
and Karen. Anne hated to assume this role and looked for a way out. Her father gave this to her in the form of St. .
Joseph Academy, a boarding school. (Ramsland, 53) .
This was not a very good solution considering how much Anne hated the school. She cried every night for about a .
year, and would later write about her experiences an a novel, The Witching Hour. When Anne became sixteen her .
father remarried. Howard(Anne's father) and his new wife, Dorothy, decided to move to Texas to follow Howard's" .
work. This decision shocked Anne and she was very opposed; the move still took place. .
At her new school, Anne met a boy named Stan Rice. Stan was very involved with poetry and he and Anne instantly .
hit it off. Stan had an influence on Anne like no other person had. He was the first boy she kissed which was an .
experience she wrote about in .
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her second novel, The Feast of All Saints- here is the excerpt. (Ramsland, 60) .
Richard had kissed Marie and she had never felt a sensation akin to what she"d experienced when he was holding .
her lightly, gently, as if he might break her, in his arms.