Alison Lurie was born on 3rd September 1926 in Chicago, and brought up in White Plains, Westchester County, the child of progressive socialist parents. Her father, Harry, born in Latvia, was a sociologist and became the founder and director of The Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds, a social work agency. Her mother, Bernice Stewart, had supported herself from an early age, working her way through college, and then becoming a journalist for 15 years for the Detroit Free Press, editing the book and magazine section. As a result of a birth injury, which damaged her hearing and partly atrophied her facial muscles, Lurie became convinced that she would never marry, and was encouraged to concentrate on writing,…
Newman, Judith Alice. "Alison Lurie". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 02 December 2008; last revised 30 November -1.
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