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Dorothy Allison (born April 11, 1949) is an American writer, speaker, and member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers. more »

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  • Stupid or smart, there wasn't much choice about what was going to happen to me ... Growing up was like falling into a hole.... I might not quit school, not while Mama had any say in the matter, but wh...
    Dorothy Allison (b. 1953), U.S. novelist and poet. Bastard Out of Carolina, ch. 12 (1992). From the autobiographical novel based on memories of he...
  • Hunger makes you restless. You dream about food—not just any food, but perfect food, the best food, magical meals, famous and awe-inspiring, the one piece of meat, the exact taste of buttery corn...
    Dorothy Allison (b. 1953), U.S. novelist and poet. Bastard Out of Carolina, ch. 6 (1992). From the autobiographical novel based on memories of her...
  • ''Fiction is a piece of truth that turns lies to meaning.''
    Dorothy Allison (b. 1949), U.S. author and lesbian feminist. Skin, ch. 18 (1994). Allison—a lesbian feminist essayist, fiction writer, and po...
  • ''...I have come to make distinctions between what I call the academy and literature, the moral equivalents of church and God. The academy may lie, but literature tries to tell the truth.''
    Dorothy Allison (b. 1949), U.S. author and lesbian feminist. Skin, ch. 18 (1994). Allison had grown up in a very poor, dysfunctional South Carolin...
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