Paula Fox

Paula Fox

Birth
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Death 1 Mar 2017 (aged 93)
Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 176946342 · View Source
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Author. She was an award-winning writer of novels for both children and adults throughout her career. After she was born to screenwriters Paul and Elsie Fox, her parents abandoned her and left her care to a series of relatives and other caretakers. Her 2001 memoir "Borrowed Finery" documented her eventful upbringing. She spent time growing up in several places including New York City, Cuba, Canada, and Florida. She attended Columbia University and later became a teacher and tutor for troubled children. She began writing her first novel "Poor George" in the 1940s and in 1967, it was published. The novel was well reviewed, but sold poorly. Like many of her later books, its characters struggled to find a place and meaning in a chaotic world. She would go on to write numerous other novels for both children and adults with her most famous being "The Slave Dancer" and "Desperate Characters". "Desperate Characters", which came out in 1970, was later adapted into a film starring Shirley MacLaine and Kenneth Mars. Her children's novel "The Slave Dancer, which came out in 1974, won her a Newbery Medal that year. Much of her work went out of publication until novelist Jonathan Franzen began championing her as one of the great postwar authors during the 1990s. In 1997 she suffered a severe brain injury during a mugging in Jerusalem and after that she focused more on shorter works and her memoirs. She followed her 2001 memoir with the 2005 memoir "The Coldest Winter: A Stringer in Liberated Europe" that detailed her living in postwar Europe. Besides the Newbery Medal, she also received several other honors and awards during her writing career. She had been in declining health prior to her passing.

Bio by: Mr. Badger Hawkeye


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