Friday, August 24, 2007

A Passing: Grace Paley (1922-2007)


I was saddened to learn of the death of noted writer and political activist Grace Paley, who died on August 22. Paley was the author of ten books, including The Little Disturbances of Man (1959), her remarkable debut collection of short stories, The Collected Stories (1994), which was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize, and Begin Again: Collected Poems (2000).

During her career, Paley taught at Columbia University, Syracuse, City College of New York and Sarah Lawrence. She received a Guggenheim Fellowship in fiction in 1961, and served as Poet Laureate of Vermont from March 5, 2003 until shortly before her death.

Born on December 11, 1922, Grace Paley was 84.

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