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Grace Paley

(11 December 1922 – 22 August 2007 / Bronx, New York)

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Grace Paley was an American-Jewish short story writer, poet, and political activist.

Biography

Grace Paley (née Goodside) was born in the Bronx to Isaac and Manya Ridnyik Goodside, who anglicized the family name from Gutseit on immigrating from Ukraine. Her father was a doctor. The family spoke Russian and Yiddish along with English. The youngest of the three Goodside children (sixteen and fourteen years younger than brother and sister Victor and Jeanne, respectively), Paley was a tomboy as a child.

In 1938 and 1939, Paley attended Hunter College, then, briefly New York University, but never received a degree. In the early 1940s, Paley studied with W. ... more »

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  • ''... people will sometimes say, "Why don't you write more politics?" And I have to explain to them that writing the lives of women is politics.''
    Grace Paley (b. 1922), U.S. story writer, poet, and peace activist. As quoted in Listen to Their Voices, ch. 1, by Mickey Pearlman (1993).
  • ''The word career is a divisive word. It's a word that divides the normal life from business or professional life.''
    Grace Paley (b. 1922), U.S. story writer, poet, and peace activist. As quoted in Listen to Their Voices, ch. 1, by Mickey Pearlman (1993).
  • ...I don't have an inner drive to do as well as anybody else ... I have a great pleasure in writing and part of that is political and part of that is I'm surprised that I've done as well as I have. I ...
    Grace Paley (b. 1922), U.S. story writer, poet, and peace activist. As quoted in Listen to Their Voices, ch. 1, by Mickey Pearlman (1993). Despite...
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