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Skirting The Job: 3 Secretaries With Novel Ideas

by Lynn Peril
Mar 19, 2012 (All Things Considered)

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Ever wonder what those secretaries on Mad Men are tapping out on their tanklike typewriters? I'm sure it's mostly letters and reports dictated by their bourbon-swilling, fanny-patting bosses, but I'll bet you there's at least one who is working on a novel or a tell-all book about Madison Avenue.

I'll further wager that, when both boss and secretarial supervisor are looking the other direction, this same creative genius pulls out her manuscript and does a little of her own work on the company clock. After all, writing on the job is a time-honored tradition, as these three novels by and about secretaries with literary ambitions will attest .

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