Shulman, Alix (1932 - )

Genre: Children's Literature, General Fiction, Non-Fiction

Alix Shulman was born Alix Audrey Kates on September 17, 1932 in Cleveland, Ohio. She graduated from Case Western Reserve University in 1953 and moved to New York at age 20. She has taught writing and literature at a number of universities, including New York University, Yale, the New School, and the Universities of Colorado, Arizona, and Hawaii.

Shulman's 1995 autobiography, Drinking the Rain, reflects on her summers spent in a primitive cabin on a Maine island. It was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and won the Body Mind Spirit Award of Excellence. Her most recent autobiographical work is titled To Love What Is: A Marriage Transformed (2008). Shulman's first novel, Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen (1972/2007), established her as a feminist writer, exploring the cultural and sexual atmosphere of the 1950s from a woman's point of view. When her essay 'A Marriage Agreement,' advocating that spouses share childcare and housework equally, was published in 1969, it created much controversy; her 1998 essay The Marriage Disagreement reflects on the original.

Selected Bibliography

Books for Children

  • Bosley on the Number Line (1970)
  • Awake or Asleep (1971)
  • Finders Keepers (1971)

Books for Adults

  • Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen (1972)
  • Burning Questions (1978)
  • On the Stroll (1981)
  • In Every Woman's Life (1987)
  • Drinking the Rain (1995)
  • Menage: A Novel (2012)

Books About Emma Goldman

  • To the Barricades; The Anarchist Life of Emma Goldman (1971)
  • Red Emma Speaks: An Emma Goldman Reader editor (1972/1998)
  • Shulman also wrote the Goldman biography for Traffic in Women and Other Essays on Feminism, written by Emma Goldman (1990).

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