Alison Lurie





Alison Lurie

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Alison Lurie (b. 1926) is a Pulitzer Prize–winning author of fiction and nonfiction. Born in Chicago and raised in White Plains, New York, she joined the English department at Cornell University in 1970, where she taught courses on children’s literature, among others. Her first novel, Love and Friendship (1962), is a story of romance and deception among the faculty of a snowbound New England college. It won favorable reviews and established her as a keen observer of love in academia. It was followed by the well-received The Nowhere City (1966) and The War Between the Tates (1974). In 1984, she published Foreign Affairs, her best-known novel, which traces the erotic entanglements of two American professors in England. It won the Pulitzer Pri ...more


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Foreign Affairs
3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 4,298 ratings — published 1984 — 28 editions
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The War Between the Tates
3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 319 ratings — published 1974 — 13 editions
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Truth and Consequences: A N...
3.09 of 5 stars 3.09 avg rating — 360 ratings — published 2005 — 20 editions
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 240 ratings — published 1993 — 3 editions
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The Last Resort
3.17 of 5 stars 3.17 avg rating — 262 ratings — published 1998 — 15 editions
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Don't Tell the Grown-Ups: T...
3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 217 ratings — published 1990 — 9 editions
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The Truth About Lorin Jones
3.67 of 5 stars 3.67 avg rating — 216 ratings — published 1988 — 16 editions
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Imaginary Friends
3.59 of 5 stars 3.59 avg rating — 167 ratings — published 1967 — 14 editions
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Love and Friendship
3.45 of 5 stars 3.45 avg rating — 141 ratings — published 1962 — 13 editions
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The Nowhere City
3.58 of 5 stars 3.58 avg rating — 120 ratings — published 1965 — 14 editions
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“There's a rule, I think. You get what you want in life, but not your second choice too.”
Alison Lurie

“Having a chronic illness, Molly thought, was like being invaded. Her grandmother back in Michigan used to tell about the day one of their cows got loose and wandered into the parlor, and the awful time they had getting her out. That was exactly what Molly's arthritis was like: as if some big old cow had got into her house and wouldn't go away. It just sat there, taking up space in her life and making everything more difficult, mooing loudly from time to time and making cow pies, and all she could do really was edge around it and put up with it.

When other people first became aware of the cow, they expressed concern and anxiety. They suggested strategies for getting the animal out of Molly's parlor: remedies and doctors and procedures, some mainstream and some New Age. They related anecdotes of friends who had removed their own cows in one way or another. But after a while they had exhausted their suggestions. Then they usually began to pretend that the cow wasn't there, and they preferred for Molly to go along with the pretense.”
Alison Lurie, The Last Resort

“The great subversive works of children's literature suggest that there are other views of human life besides those of the shopping mall and the corporation. They mock current assumptions and express the imaginative, unconventional, noncommercial view of the world in its simplest and purest form. They appeal to the imaginative, questioning, rebellious child within all of us, renew our instinctive energy, and act as a force for change. This is why such literature is worthy of our attention and will endure long after more conventional tales have been forgotten.”
Alison Lurie, Don't Tell the Grown-Ups: The Subversive Power of Children's Literature

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