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<h2 class="nci-h2-featured">Alison Lurie is the 1st Zale-Kimmerling Writer-In-Residence (1986)


Alison Lurie is an American writer and academic, best known for her social satire novels. Lurie was born in Chicago in 1926 and was raised in White Plains, New York. She graduated from Radcliffe College in 1947. Her first novel, Love and Friendship, was published in 1962. Since then, she has written ten other novels, including Foreign Affairs, which won a Pulitzer Prize. She was also the author of four nonfiction books, three collections of folktales for children, and the coeditor of he 73-volume Garland Library of Children’s Classics.

Since 1970, Lurie has split her time between the United States and England, spending winters in Key West, Florida and regularly visiting London and Cornell where she has taught literature, folklore, and writing. She is married to writer Edward Hower and has three grown sons and three grandchildren.

Alison Lurie became the first Zale Writer-in-Residence in 1986. She was in residence at Tulane University for the last week of January 1986. Among the events open to the public was a Meet the Author at NCCROW and a public reading with commentary at Rogers Chapel.


Familiar Spirits: A Memoir of James Merrill and David Jackson 2001 Boys and Girls Forever (2003)

The Last Resort (1998)

Women and Ghosts (1994)

The Language of Clothes (1991)

Don’t Tell the Grown-ups: Subversive Children’s Literature (1990)

The Truth About Lorin Jone (1988)

Only Children (1979)

Foreign Affairs (1979)

V.R. Lang’s Poems and Plays with A Memoir by Alison Lurie (1975)

The War Between the Tates (1974)

Real People (1969)

Imaginary Friends (1967)

The Nowhere City (1966)

Love and Friendship (1962)

From the Archives

Alison Lurie

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