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Alison Lurie (1926–2020)

Autor(a) de Foreign Affairs

31+ Works 5,737 Membros 116 Críticas 6 Favorited

About the Author

Novelist Alison Lurie was born September 3, 1926 in Chicago, Illinois to Harry and Bernice Stewart Lurie. She is an American novelist and academic. Lurie won the Pulitzer Prize for her 1984 novel Foreign Affairs. She received an A.B. from Radcliffe College in 1947. After finishing college, Lurie mostrar mais worked as an editorial assistant for Oxford University Press in New York, but she wanted to make a living as a writer. After years of receiving rejection slips, she devoted herself to raising her children. Lurie had taught at Cornell University since 1968, becoming a full professor in 1976 specializing in folklore and children's literature. Lurie's first novel was "Love and Friendship" (1962) and its characters were modeled on friends and colleagues. Afterwards, she published "The Nowhere City" (1965), "Imaginary Friends" (1967), "The War Between the Tates" (1974), which tells of the collapse of a perfect marriage between a professor and his wife, "Only Children" (1979), and "The Truth About Lorin Jones" (1988). "Foreign Affairs" (1984) won the Pulitzer Prize; it tells the story of two academics in England who learn more about love than academia. Her more recent books include the novels "Women and Ghosts" (1994), and "The Last Resort" (1998), and a work of nonfiction, "Familiar Spirits (2001)." Among her awards and honors, she received honorary degrees from the University of Oxford (2006) and the University of Nottingham (2007). And from 2012-2014, she was the official author of the state of New York. Alison Lurie died on December 3, 2020 in Ithaca, NY at the age of 94. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
Image credit: Alison Lurie portrait session on January 31, 1989 in France

Obras por Alison Lurie

Foreign Affairs (1984) 1,458 exemplares
The War Between the Tates (1974) 435 exemplares
The Truth About Lorin Jones (1988) 399 exemplares
The Oxford Book of Modern Fairy Tales (1993) — Editor — 370 exemplares
The Last Resort (1998) — Autor — 330 exemplares
Imaginary Friends (1967) 252 exemplares
Truth and Consequences (2005) 245 exemplares
The Nowhere City (1965) 231 exemplares
Love and Friendship (1962) 212 exemplares
The Language of Clothes (1981) 206 exemplares
Women and Ghosts (1994) 205 exemplares
Real People (1969) 169 exemplares
Only Children (1979) 165 exemplares

Associated Works

The Secret Garden (1911) — Contribuidor, algumas edições35,466 exemplares
Peter Pan (1934) — Posfácio, algumas edições19,021 exemplares
The Violet Fairy Book (1901) — Introdução, algumas edições838 exemplares
The Brown Fairy Book (1904) — Introdução, algumas edições824 exemplares
Mistresses of the Dark [Anthology] (1998) — Contribuidor — 122 exemplares
The Penguin Book of International Women's Stories (1996) — Contribuidor — 114 exemplares
The State of the Language [1990] (1979) — Contribuidor — 88 exemplares
The Oxford Book of Twentieth-Century Ghost Stories (1996) — Contribuidor — 70 exemplares
Nightshade: 20th Century Ghost Stories (1999) — Contribuidor — 65 exemplares
The Seasons of Women: An Anthology (1995) — Contribuidor — 46 exemplares
Spooky Stories for a Dark and Stormy Night (1945) — Contribuidor — 38 exemplares
Night Shadows: Twentieth-Century Stories of the Uncanny (2001) — Contribuidor — 29 exemplares
Wonders: Writings and Drawings for the Child in Us All (1980) — Contribuidor — 18 exemplares
Good Housekeeping Short Story Collection (1997) — Contribuidor — 15 exemplares
Onthebus No. 8 and 9 — Contribuidor — 6 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum



May 2021: Alison Lurie em Monthly Author Reads (Maio 2021)


For me, this book didn't live up to its title. Sure, it's kind of about "the subversive power of children's literature," but it's actually mostly about the biographies of certain children's authors and how certain children's stories are archetypes for adult literary fiction. And it's not a cohesive book at all. It's a series of essays that were probably originally intended for lit crit mags. When Lurie does address subversiveness, it's usually historical (the book was published in 1990, so I didn't expect nearly every essay to be about Victorian social norms).

I wanted this book to address a subject that really interests me, which is the way some kids books intentionally guide their readers toward a certain way of thinking. I was actually hoping this book would be a better version of my college seminar paper, which was about how Disney movies paved the way for gay rights. Oh well.
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LibrarianDest | 8 outras críticas | Jan 3, 2024 |
I read this book two or three years ago and what I remember most vividly about it is that Vinnie is followed around by an imaginary dog that represents her self-image (or something like that).

I'm reading Lorrie Moore's [b:Birds of America|19631|Birds of America Stories|Lorrie Moore|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1223320940s/19631.jpg|1769] right now and so I decided to look up her bio and found out she was taught by Alison Lurie at Cornell. I was like, Where do I know that name? And then I remembered that I read this back when I had this crazy idea that I would read every Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.… (mais)
LibrarianDest | 33 outras críticas | Jan 3, 2024 |
Enjoyed this tremendously but perhaps it is because I could so identify with Vinnie and her depressive imaginary dog who slopes around whenever she’s feeling blue.
Poor Vinnie finds happiness but doesn’t appreciate it, and her fellow academic falls terribly in love with an inappropriate target and both of them are so wonderfully good at procrastination very little work gets done at all.
Lovely, well-rounded characters with serious issues but who feel so very familiar I wanted to sit down with them for a brew. Well, Vinnie anyway.
An excellent read for fans of Britain, academe, and the minute but persistent snobberies we all carry about for no known reason.
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Dabble58 | 33 outras críticas | Nov 11, 2023 |
Fun, good read.
blueskygreentrees | 5 outras críticas | Jul 30, 2023 |



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