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Alison Lurie

  • American novelist
  • Born September 3, 1926

Alison Lurie (born September 3, 1926) is an American novelist and academic. She won the Pulitzer Prize for her 1984 novel Foreign Affairs. Although better known as a novelist, she has also written numerous non-fiction books and articles, particularly on children's literature and the semiotics of dress.


We can lie in the language of dress or try to tell the truth; but unless we are naked and bald, it is impossible to be silent.




As one went to Europe to see the living past, so one must visit Southern California to observe the future.




There is a peculiar burning odor in the room, like explosives. the kitchen fills with smoke and the hot, sweet, ashy smell of scorched cookies. The war has begun.




Grosvenor and Burke suggest that continually, though silently, a school building tells students who they are and how they should think about the world. It can help to manufacture rote obedience or independent activity; it can create high self-confidence or low self-esteem.



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