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Grace Paley

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

Quotations

  • ''... 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).
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  • ''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 really am just surprised.''
    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 a slim body of work, Paley had received a great deal of critical attention and acclaim, especially for her short stories.

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People in my Family

In my family
people who were eighty-two were very different
from people who were ninety-two

The eighty-two-year-old people grew up
it was 1914
this is what they knew
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