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Alison Lurie

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Alison Lurie was 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.

Genres: Literary Fiction
   Love and Friendship (1962)
   The Nowhere City (1965)
   Imaginary Friends (1967)
   Real People (1970)
   The War Between the Tates (1974)
   Only Children (1979)
   Foreign Affairs (1984)
   The Truth About Lorin Jones (1988)
   The Last Resort (1998)
   Truth and Consequences (2005)
   Clever Gretchen (1978)
   The Heavenly Zoo (1979)
   Women and Ghosts (1994)
Anthologies edited
   The Oxford Book of Modern Fairy Tales (1975)
   Fabulous Beasts (1981) (with Monika Beisner)
Picture Books show
Non fiction show
Alison Lurie recommends
The Lie of the Land (2017)
Amanda Craig
"Amanda Craig is one of the most brilliant and entertaining novelists now working in Britain and her range of sympathy and humor and understanding of the Way We Live Now are deeply impressive."
Things That Pass for Love (2008)
Allison Amend
"Allison Amend is a gifted storyteller, whose view of contemporary life is often wonderfully acute, original, and surprising."
The Age of Dreaming (2008)
Nina Revoyr
"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."

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Anthologies containing stories by Alison Lurie
Life (2013)
Great Short Stories for Women by Women
edited by
Victoria Hislop
Love (2012)
Great Short Stories for Women by Women
edited by
Victoria Hislop
Nightshade (2000)
20th Century Ghost Stories
edited by
Robert Phillips

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