3-16-12: Remembering Alice Steinbach

March 16, 2012 at 7:50 am 9 comments

Alice Steinbach passed away on Tuesday.

Author and journalist Alice Steinbach.

Alice Steinbach died Tuesday evening after a long battle with peritoneal cancer.  A longtime reporter and columnist for the Baltimore Sun, she was the first woman at the Sun to win a Pulitzer Prize.  She was also the author of three books, and was one of the first regular contributors to Maryland Morning.  In the fall of 2007, she began a regular series of conversations with Tom Hall about books.

You can listen to one of their final conversations below.  It aired in September 2009, and in it, one of the books Alice recommended was a book called Somewhere Towards the End, about the process of aging.  It was written by a British memoirist, Diana Athill, who’s in her 90s.  She still lives in London. Alice Steinbach’s books include Educating Alice: Adventures of a Curious Woman and Without Reservations: The Travels of an Independent Woman.

Here, Tom remembers Alice Steinbach:


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9 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Clare Stehbens  |  April 12, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    I find it so hard to believe Alice has passed on. I have only just finished rereading without reservations, a book which inspires me more with every visit. My heart goes out to her family and friends 🙂

  • 2. vickielle  |  August 11, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    I am so saddened to hear of the loss of Alice Steinbach, I enjoyed her written works immensely. She encouraged me to take my first steps to a European holiday as a solo female traveller. I never did discover what happened to her friend Naohiro ?

  • 3. Vickie  |  September 26, 2012 at 7:31 am

    I am on pg.107 of Without Reservations,and I love her writing.I too would like to “try a solo travel” like this some day.I was so sad after looking into her life history that she had passed in March of this year!
    I too am curious about her love interest Naohiro…?

  • 4. Chung Hae Weon  |  October 14, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Her spontaneous expression and sensitive wits are so natural I just wondered as I were at her place. Thank you Alice for giving me the pleasure time. Are you still writing in heaven?

  • 5. Dianne  |  November 1, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    I’m reading Without Reservations and enjoying it so much I wanted to hear more of Alice. How sad I feel that I missed being able to email Alice to tell her of my enjoyment. Thank you, however, for letting me hear Alice’s voice. My sympathies to her family and friends and Naohiro?

  • 6. Hazel Jones  |  November 18, 2012 at 11:17 am

    I have been thinking of Alice recently and have just looked on the web for her contact details. How shocked and saddened I am and filled with regret that I cannot email her as I had planned. She was always a very generous friend to me – she covered my Jane Austen course in 2000 at Exeter University in ‘Educating Alice’ and wrote a glowing recommendation for my book on marriage in JA’s time. I will always remember her with love and gratitude. Hazel Jones

  • 7. Carolyn Blocher  |  January 20, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    Alice was the inspiration for my first trip to Paris in 2010. I wanted to walk the streets she walked, feel the magic she so magically wrote about and it was all there. I felt I was with a dear friend all the while as I retraced her steps. Rereading Without Reservations, I again so connected with her that I also Googled her name and discovered she has passed on. I too am filled with regret that I cannot email her as I had planned. Carolyn Blocher

  • 8. Janet Darby  |  May 1, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    I was just introduced to Alice through her first two books, and was anticipating other books written by her, when I read she had passed away. Her writings have inspired many travelers, including me. I am very thankful to have encountered her books, and her insight into visiting other spots besides tourist attractions makes me confident in pursuing the same goals. Janet Darby

  • 9. Marcheline  |  August 5, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    I just finished reading “Without Reservations” and was looking for an address to contact her… so sad to find that she’s gone! I’m going directly to the library to take out “Educating Alice” so at least I can continue the literary journey with her a while longer… I hate losing friends before I’ve even met them…


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