Lucille and I had had many long, detailed conversations about her desires, directions, and plans for publication and/or revision of her earlier written materials, her Buddhist teachings, and the completion of either her autobiography or biography. But shortly after her death, the thought of converting her autobiography into a biography was daunting. Her autobiographical chapters, written in blank verse, were fascinating, revealing, and unique. How could I ever replicate that unusual style in a biography?
Later, as I considered this challenging task, I realized I did not have to be the only spokesperson about her life. First, her writings speak eloquently about her viewpoints. Not only do we have her autobiographical chapters, but also her letters, notes, and files. Second, I have asked many people who knew her over the years to contribute some of their memories, ranging from how they met her, to stories about what she was like. This book, then, becomes a kaleidoscope of views about Lucille and her life.