Dorothea Brande was a writer and editor in New York. She was born in Chicago and attended the University of Chicago, the Lewis Institute in Chicago, and the University of Michigan.
Her book Becoming a Writer, published in 1934, is still in print and offers advice for beginning and sustaining any writing enterprise. She also wrote Wake Up and Live, published in 1936, which sold over two million copies. It was made into a musical by Twentieth Century Fox in 1937.