Tess Slesinger


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(1905–1945), short story writer, novelist, screenwriter. Born in New York City to middle-class Jewish immigrant parents, Slesinger began writing and rebelling early, although she joked that her childhood had been too happy to contain anything valid to reject. Graduating from the Columbia School of Journalism in 1927, she moved from her job as assistant fashion editor for the New York Herald Tribune to assistant literary critic on the New York Evening Post Literary Review. In 1928, Slesinger married Herbert Solow, a leftist activist and writer, who confounded The Menorah Journal, in which she published her first story (1928). Subsequently, she published fiction in such magazines as American Mercury, Vanity Fair, and Forum.


From The Oxford Companion to Women's Writing in the United States in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Literature.

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