Hortense Calisher

(b. 1911)

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born in New York City, graduated from Barnard, has taught English at various universities, and is known for her stories that subtly interpret character, collected in In the Absence of Angels (1951), Tale for the Mirror (1962), and Extreme Magic (1964). False Entry (1961) is a novel about a character known only by his pseudonym Pierre Goodman and his involvement in an Alabama trial, testifying against racists in the murder of a black. Textures of Life (1963) is a novel about relationships between parents and adult children and their respective marriages. Journal from Ellipsia (1965) is comic science fiction, and Mysteries of Motion (1983) is a serious novel involving space travel. The Railway Police and The Last Trolly Ride (1966) are two novellas. Other novels include Queenie (1971), Eagle Eye (1973), and On Keeping Women (1977), all depicting modern New Yorkers in family relationships. Herself (1972) is an autobiography.

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards).

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