Marya Mannes (born November 14, 1904 in New York, NY, died September 13, 1990 in San Francisco, CA) (also known as Maria von Heimburg Mannes) was an American author and critic, known for her caustic but insightful observations of American life
"The great omission in American life is solitude. . . that zone of time and space, free from the outside pressures, which is the incinerator of the spirit."