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“The voice that has for three decades provided a lyrical narrative of the changing position of women in American society.”  —The New York Times

At twenty, Alix Kates Shulman left her native Cleveland, Ohio, for New York's Greenwich Village, seeking a freer place to spend the 1950s. In the following decades she became a political activist, feminist, teacher, and award-winning writer.

(For details click on BIOGRAPHY)

Her debut novel, the million-copy bestseller MEMOIRS OF AN EX-PROM QUEEN, was inspired by the feminist protest of the 1968 Miss America Pageant and called by the Oxford Companion to Women's Writing "the first important novel to emerge from the Women's Liberation Movement."


Her controversial 1969 essay "A Marriage Agreement" continues to be discussed and attacked to this day.

She has written fourteen books, including five novels, three memoirs, three books for children, two books on the anarchist Emma Goldman, an essay collection, and numerous short stories and essays. Her books have been published in Danish, Dutch, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Serbo-Croatian, Spanish, and Swedish translations.

She is currently co-editing, with Honor Moore, the Library of America collection WRITING THE WOMEN'S MOVEMENT: American Feminism 1963-1993 (and having a great time reliving those decades).

(For details click on WRITINGS)

Alix protesting the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City 1968 © New York Times