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Alison Lurie

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Alison Lurie is a Pulitzer Prizewinning author of fiction and nonfiction. Born in Chicago and raised in White Plains, New York, she joined the English department at Cornell University in 1970, where she taught courses on childrens literature, among others. Her first novel, Love and Friendship (1962), is a story of romance and deception among the faculty of a snowbound New England college. It won favorable reviews and established her as a keen observer of love in academia.

It was followed by the well-received The Nowhere City (1966) and The War Between the Tates (1974). In 1984, she published Foreign Affairs, her best-known novel, which traces the erotic entanglements of two American professors in England. It won the Pulitzer Prize in 1985. Her most recent novel is The Last Resort (1998). In addition to her novels, Luries interest in childrens literature led to three collections of folk tales and two critical studies of the genre. Lurie officially retired from Cornell in 1998, but continues to teach and write. In 2012, she was awarded a two-year term as the official author of the state of New York. Lurie lives in Ithaca, New York, and is married to the writer Edward Hower. She has three grown sons and three grandchildren.
Anthologies edited
   The Oxford Book of Modern Fairy Tales (1975)
   Fabulous Beasts (1981) (with Monika Beisner)
Non fiction
Anthologies containing stories by Alison Lurie
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Short stories
The Highboy (1990)
Another Halloween (1994)

National Book Award for Fiction Best Book nominee (1984) : Foreign Affairs
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Best Book winner (1985) : Foreign Affairs

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Burning (1971)
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Hidden (2004)
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"This remarkable debut novel from a fine young writer deals on a high level with issues of memory, love, and guilt."
The Age of Dreaming (2008)
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"Brilliant and original... The carefully restrained voice of the narrator, once a silent film star, recalls Ishiguro's The Remains of the Day - but in his past, it turns out, there was also passion, madness, and murder."
Things That Pass for Love (2008)
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The Lie of the Land (2017)
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