Shirley Ann Grau is an extremely private person and she believes, like other writers, that one should not read her fiction in relation to her life. She will therefore gladly discuss her novels and inspirations but will not, or very reluctantly, be self-reflexive: “I am not the least introspective. I am not the least interested in ME. Only in the life around me” (personal correspondence).
Grau was born on July 9, 1929 in New Orleans, Louisiana. She has written six novels and three collections of short stories that mainly take place in the American South even though she tried to broaden her perspective by dealing with the northern states she knows best. The places she spent time in during her childhood and especially those i…
Citation: Preher, Gerald. "Shirley Ann Grau". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 12 May 2009 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=1842, accessed 28 September 2023.]