Doris Grumbach

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Doris Grumbach
BornDoris Isaac
(1918-07-12) July 12, 1918 (age 102)
New York, New York, US
OccupationNovelist, memoirist, biographer, teacher, bookstore owner
Alma materWashington Square College of New York University
Leonard Grumbach
(m. 1941; div. 1972)
PartnerSybil Pike (1972)

Doris Isaac Grumbach (born July 12, 1918) is an American novelist, memoirist, biographer, literary critic, and essayist. In 1979, Grumbach published the novel Chamber Music, which was critically well received and helped establish her reputation as a novelist. In six years, three more books followed: The Missing Person (1981), The Ladies (1984), and The Magician's Girl (1987).

Grumbach taught at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York, the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and American University in Washington, DC, and was literary editor of The New Republic for several years.[1] For two decades, she and her partner, Sybil Pike, managed a bookstore, Wayward Books, in Sargentville, Maine, until 2009 when they moved to a retirement home in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.

Novels[change | change source]

  • The Spoil of the Flowers (1962)
  • The Short Throat, The Tender Mouth (1964)
  • Chamber Music (1979)
  • The Missing Person (1981)
  • The Ladies (1984)
  • The Magician’s Girl (1987)
  • The Book of Knowledge (1995)

References[change | change source]

  1. Grumbach, Doris (1991), Coming into the End Zone, A Memoir, New York: W W Norton, ISBN 978-0-393-03009-9