Paula Fox
Novelist, children's author, memoirist
Paula Fox
Paula Fox is an American author of novels for adults and children and two memoirs. She won multiple awards for her children's books: the 1974 Newbery Medal for her novel The Slave Dancer; a 1983 National Book Award in category Children's Fiction (paperback) for A Place Apart; the 2008 Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis for A Portrait of Ivan (1969); and the biennial Hans Christian Andersen Medal for "lasting contribution" in 1978. Her adult novels went out of print in 1992.
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Brooklyn's Fiction Scene as Seen from Abroad: QA with a British Expert
Huffington Post - 5 months
On the eve of the 2016 Brooklyn Book Festival, we caught up with Professor James Peacock, author of the remarkable Brooklyn Fictions, one of the most comprehensive and incisive surveys of the Brooklyn literary scene. A UK citizen, Peacock is Senior Lecturer in English and American Literatures and Programme Director for American Studies and English at Keele University. What are the salient themes among contemporary Brooklyn writers? "Whether you're looking at the romantic tradition of Brooklyn fictions, those that affirm certain values popularly associated with the borough such as diversity, community spirit, and the embrace of history, or the 'gritty' tradition, novels such as Hubert Selby Jr.'s Last Exit to Brooklyn, Gilbert Sorrentino's Steelwork, or Michael G. Stephens' The Brooklyn Book of the Dead which are characterized by poverty, crapulence, violence and resentment, the themes turn out to be similar. They include immigrant experience; changing neighborhoods; the d ...
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William Weaver's Eco Chamber
Huffington Post - over 3 years
William Weaver, the American dean of modern Italian literature, died last Tuesday in Rhinebeck, New York. Weaver ('Bill' to friends) was a musicologist and cineaste as well as a translator, a man whose close and passing acquaintances included virtually every literary luminary of post-war Italy and whose voice was recognized by thousands of loyal listeners of the Metropolitan Opera's radio broadcasts in the 1970s. But I knew him as a shadow. As a man whose presence was outlined on dozens of great novels, but whose substance was hidden by the stroke that left him unable to tell his own story. After half a century of unceasing travel, translation and story-telling, the last years of Bill Weaver's life hardly counted. He spent his days in bed, questioning his surroundings. He could not easily speak. He had given new voice to a generation of writers, but he died mute. It was, as his nephew noted in an obituary in the New York Times "a brutal piece of irony." ***** First drawn to Ita ...
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Adrian woman retires after 48 years with state
San Francisco Chronicle - over 3 years
The Daily Telegram of Adrian reports ( http://bit.ly/18js3Oq ) that Paula Fox began her career with the state in 1965. Office director Tim Kelly says Fox took on many duties in the administrative support field.
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Does Famous Author Hate Brooklyn Hipsters?
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Martin Amis is a big name in literary circles. Shortlisted twice for the Booker Prize, his books London Fields, Time's Arrow and The Information have brought him cult and critical acclaim. Yet there is one thing the British author can't seem to stand: Brooklyn hipsters. According to London's Evening Standard newspaper, Amis "views the Brooklyn hipster scene as populated by conventional posers." The writer moved from London to the Cobble Hill area of Brooklyn last year with his wife (a native New Yorker), living in what an AP report describes as "a quiet side street in Brooklyn, home to authors from Paula Fox to Jonathan Safran Foer." Amis described his move last year in The New Republic as "exclusively personal and familial, and... nothing to do with any supposed dissatisfaction with England or the English people." What do you think? Is Brooklyn filled with literary posers? Let us know in the comments!
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Amazon’s $1 million secret
Salon.com - almost 5 years
The Brooklyn Book Festival’s website debuts a new feature this year called OnePage. Every week from March through September, OnePage will post part of a previously unpublished work — chunks of correspondence, scenes from books in progress — by authors such as Darcey Steinke, Martha Southgate, Paula Fox and Stefan Merrill Block.  There will also be mini-profiles of participating small presses, including indie mainstays McSweeney's and Akashic. That a Brooklyn book festival would promote small presses and their authors isn't surprising. But the sponsor of OnePage has raised a few eyebrows. As the festival’s press release noted, “The project is made possible with a grant from Amazon.com.” Continue Reading...
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Accidents of Geography: Evan Hughes' Literary Brooklyn - The Millions
Google News - over 5 years
In a chapter on Brooklyn's rough pre-gentrification years in the 1960s and '70s, for instance, Hughes nicely contrasts how the middle-aged novelist Paula Fox responded to the racial and class tensions in the neighborhood of Boerum Hill with how the
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Mal ein paar Takte mit der kleinen Ratte reden - kultiversum - Die Kulturplattform
Google News - over 5 years
Paula Fox zeigt sich in ihrem neuen Buchals Meisterin der Erzählung wie des Essays. Ihrer Reise-Biografin Bernadette Conrad gelingt es dagegen leider nicht, das Besondere dieser Autorin zu erfassen Heute, mit 88 Jahren, ist die Spätstarterin Paula Fox
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Wells Fargo Testing Charge For Debit Cards - Consumer Affairs
Google News - over 5 years
Paula Fox (Thu, 18 Aug 2011 16:36:36 +0000): Bye bye Wells Fargo. Patricia Lyons (Thu, 18 Aug 2011 18:14:45 +0000): Will not tolerate this. Have been with Wachovia now Wells Fargo for 10 years. Have no issues taking my business to another bank
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KuschelnTanzenAnspruch: Her mit der kleinen Engländerin - Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger
Google News - over 5 years
Es ist zwar schon okay, die Paula-Fox- und Raymond-Carver-Dramaturgie des Verschweigens des emotionalen Kerns – die zudem von Judith Hermann längst im Deutschen adaptiert wurde – einmal volle Kanne links liegen zu lassen…
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How to bring an author back from the dead - Salon
Google News - over 5 years
It found fans not only among folks like Jonathan Lethem -- often eager to spread the word about writers he admires, including on reissues of work by Paula Fox and Philip K. Dick -- but also from writers not associated with detective fiction at all,
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"Schoßgebete" von Charlotte Roche Beziehungsterroristin mit Stuhlwürmern - taz.de
Google News - over 5 years
Es ist zwar schon okay, die Paula-Fox- und Raymond-Carver-Dramaturgie des Verschweigens des emotionalen Kerns – die zudem von Judith Hermann längst im Deutschen adaptiert wurde – einmal volle Kanne links liegen zu lassen. Aber so ein Trauma erschlägt
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Making lists of many books, there is an end - Pittsburgh Post Gazette
Google News - over 5 years
"Desperate Characters" by Paula Fox -- her "most admired" novel, according to Joan Acocella (The New Yorker, May 11). When I picked these up at the beautiful Federal Street library, a young staffer said there'd been a sudden increase in requests for
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Just between us - Evening Observer
Google News - over 5 years
Jennifer Lutz, of Fredonia was named to the Dean's List at the State University of New York Collage at Cortland for the Spring 2011 semester. She is the daughter of Paula Fox and Mark Lutz of Fredonia. She is majoring in criminology
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Wittering Primary School launches children's centre - Rutland and Stamford Mercury
Google News - over 5 years
Key Stage Two co-ordinator and teacher Paula Fox said: “The campus itself is completely separate from the school which is great for mums, babies and toddlers. “We had a lot of the staff, parents and children at the opening
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Brave Offaly lose out to defending champions - Offaly Express
Google News - over 5 years
Offaly: Paula Fox; Grainne Vaugh, Niamh Kavanagh, Michelle Guinan; Aisling O' Connor, Nianh Daly, Riona Byrne; Amy Kerrigan (0-1), Treasa McManus; Kym Furey (0-2),Orlagh Heavey (1-2) Therese Hickey (0-1); Elisha Hunston, Lorraine Kenna, Sinead Taylor
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Literatur darf sich einmischen - suedkurier.de
Google News - over 5 years
... Brotberuf als Sucht- und Bewährungshelfer arbeitet, in einer expressiven Sprache seines Romans „Die gedehnte Zeit“ die ergreifende Geschichte eines jugendlichen Mörders schilderte, bewegte sich die Konstanzer Autorin auf den Spuren von Paula Fox
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Die unfassbaren Leben der Paula Fox - Das Buch der Woche: Paula Fox: "Die ... - Deutschlandfunk
Google News - over 5 years
Sie ist die große Dame der gegenwärtigen amerikanischen Literatur: Paula Fox hat sechs Romane, zwei autobiografische Erinnerungsbände, 23 Bücher für Kinder und Jugendliche und anderes mehr veröffentlicht. Zeitgleich mit ihrem Erzählungsband erscheint
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Paula Fox
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1992
    Age 68
    By 1992 all six of her novels were out of print.
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    Her adult novels went out of print in 1992.
    More Details Hide Details In the mid nineties she enjoyed a revival as her adult fiction was championed by a new generation of American writers.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1944
    Age 20
    In 1944 she gave birth to a daughter, the result of a one night stand.
    More Details Hide Details However, given the tumultuous relationship with her own biological parents, she gave the child up for adoption. Fox later attended Columbia University, married the literary critic and translator Martin Greenberg, had two sons, and worked for years as a teacher and as a tutor for troubled children. Only in her 40s did she begin her first novel, Poor George, about a cynical school teacher who finds purpose—and ruin—in mentoring a vagrant teenager. The novel was received well (Bernard Bergonzi in the New York Review of Books calling it "the best novel I've read in a long time") but sold poorly, a pattern that all her adult novels would follow. Desperate Characters, an acknowledged masterpiece, came next with Alfred Kazin calling it a "brilliant performance" and "quite devastating" while Lionel Trilling described it as "a reserved and beautifully realized novel".
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1923
    Born
    Paula Fox was born in New York, New York on April 22, 1923.
    More Details Hide Details Her father, Paul Hervey Fox, wrote screenplays and was often drunk. Her Cuban-born mother, Elsie De Sola Fox, rejected her at birth and left her in a foundling home. Her maternal grandmother, temporarily visiting New York City, rescued her. Unable at the time to provide a home herself, the Cuban grandmother gave the infant to Reverend Elwood Corning (fondly called Uncle Elwood) and his bedridden mother in Balmville, New York. The Reverend treated Paula kindly, teaching her important things along the way. Fox first visited her parents at the age of five, when her mother treated her like a prisoner in war. The reunion was so traumatic, she wrote in her memoir Borrowed Finery, "I sensed that if she could have hidden the act she would have killed me."
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