Dorothy Allison

Dorothy Allison


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April 11, 1949

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Dorothy Allison is an American writer, speaker, and member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers. Themes in Allison's work include class struggle, child and sexual abuse, women, lesbianism, feminism, and family.

Allison's first novel, the semi-autobiographical Bastard Out of Carolina, was published in 1992 and was one of five finalists for the 1992 National Book Award.

Allison founded The Independent Spirit Award in 1998, a prize given annually to an individual whose work within the small press and independent bookstore circuit has helped sustain that enterprise.



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(This is an account of remarks I made at AWP in Chicago February 14th, 2009 (Valentine's Day) on the panel on Smart Women and publishing. As is so often the case, I did not actually deliver the talk I had prepared to deliver at AWP—though I drew from that talk in my remarks. I had to cut it by half and reorganize it when time ran short, so some of what I did will be lost forever, but some of it...

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Bastard Out of Carolina

4.10 avg rating — 34,442 ratings — published 1992 — 38 editions
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Trash: Stories

4.08 avg rating — 4,182 ratings — published 1988 — 10 editions
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Two or Three Things I Know ...

4.09 avg rating — 3,543 ratings — published 1995 — 11 editions
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Cavedweller

3.72 avg rating — 3,661 ratings — published 1998 — 18 editions
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Skin: Talking about Sex, Cl...

4.21 avg rating — 2,074 ratings — published 1994 — 12 editions
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Bastard Out of Carolina / T...

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The Women Who Hate Me: Poet...

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A Reader's Guide to the Wor...

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“Two or three things I know for sure, and one of them is the way you can both hate and love something you are not sure you understand.”
Dorothy Allison, Two or Three Things I Know for Sure

“Things come apart so easily when they have been held together with lies.”
Dorothy Allison, Bastard Out of Carolina

“The horror of class stratification, racism, and prejudice is that some people begin to believe that the security of their families and communities depends on the oppression of others, that for some to have good lives there must be others whose lives are truncated and brutal.”
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