Alison Lurie

(b. 1926)

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(1926– ),

American novelist and critic, born in Chicago. Her sharply satiric and sociologically observant novels include Love and Friendship (1962), Imaginary Friends (1967), Real People (1969), set in a writers' colony, and The War Between the Tates (1974), a campus novel involving student politics, teenage revolt, and marital anguish. Among her other works are Foreign Affairs (1985, Pulitzer Prize), The Truth about Lorin Jones (1988), The Last Resort (1998), Women and Ghosts (1994, short stories), and Truth and Consequences (2005), a campus novel dealing with the effects of chronic pain on relationships and the creative process.

Subjects: Literature.

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