alix kates shulman

Selected Works

Memoirs
“A haunting meditation on a love more enduring than the body or mind.” —Boston Globe “An extraordinary and important book.” –Oliver Sacks
“Refreshingly upbeat, infused with insight, affection, and respect.” –NY Times Book Review
“A ten year voyage of discovery [that] could even, if we were willing, change our lives.” —San Francisco Chronicle
Fiction
“Wry and delicious” —People (starred). “Wickedly funny” —Boston Globe. “Delectably mischievous” —Booklist.
“Witty and revolutionary” —Booklist. “A vicious little gem of a novel” —Cosmopolitan.
“It brought back to me in a rush of emotion the electric sense of discovery which was how the women's movement began for all of us.” —Betty Friedan
“Insightful and compassionate.” —Publishers Weekly
“Fierce, funny, touching.” —NY Times Book Review
Non-Fiction
Alix's most controversial essays. “Stirring and...courageous” —Blanche Weisen Cook
Revisits controversial proposal to share childcare and housework equally
Emma Goldman's writings compiled and edited by Alix
Biography of Emma Goldman, a NY Times Notable Book
For Children
Fantasy adventure story with a mathematical plot
Picture book exploring the borderline between dream and reality
A hidden picture book


“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 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.

Her most recent books, both published in 2012, are:
MÉNAGE, a satirical novel about a wealthy married couple who invite a celebrated emigré writer to live with them; and
A MARRIAGE AGREEMENT AND OTHER ESSAYS: FOUR DECADES OF FEMINIST WRITING.

She is currently co-editing, with Honor Moore, the Library of America anthology WRITING THE WOMEN'S MOVEMENT: American Feminism 1963-1991 (and having a great time revisiting everything).

(For details click on WRITINGS)

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

Photo: © Linda Trichter Metcalf