Dorothy Allison


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  • ''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 poet—described her poor, violence-ridden Southern childhood in her well-received autobiographical novel, Bastard Out of Carolina (1992).
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  • ''... survival is the least of my desires.''
    Dorothy Allison (b. 1949), U.S. author and lesbian feminist. Skin, ch. 22 (1994). Allison had suffered a poverty-stricken, violence-ridden, Southern childhood.
  • ''Class, race, sexuality, gender—and all other categories by which we categorize and dismiss each other—need to be excavated from the inside.''
    Dorothy Allison (b. 1949), U.S. author and lesbian feminist. Skin, ch. 2 (1994). Allison had grown up in a very poor and dysfunctional South Carolina family.
  • ''I have wanted everything as a writer and a woman, but most of all a world changed utterly by my revelations.''
    Dorothy Allison (b. 1949), U.S. author and lesbian feminist. Skin, ch. 18 (1994). Allison—a lesbian feminist essayist, fiction writer, and poet—described her poor, violence-ridden Southern childhood in her well-received autobiographical novel, Bastard Out of Carolina (1992).
  • ''... fiction never exceeds the reach of the writer's courage.''
    Dorothy Allison (b. 1949), U.S. author and lesbian feminist. Skin, ch. 22 (1994). Allison wrote novels and short stories, as well as poetry and essays.
  • ''One of the strengths I derive from my class background is that I am accustomed to contempt.''
    Dorothy Allison (b. 1949), U.S. author and lesbian feminist. Skin, ch. 2 (1994). Allison grew up in a very poor, dysfunctional South Carolina family.

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