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Encyclopedia > Paula Fox

Paula Fox (born April 22, 1923) is an American author of several children's books and adult memoirs. In 1978, she was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Medal in recognition of the quality of her work. is the 112th day of the year (113th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1923 (MCMXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Hans Christian Andersen Award, sometimes known as the Little Nobel Prize, is an international award given bianually by the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) in recognition of a lasting contribution to childrens literature. There are two categories of award winners: authors, and illustrators. ...

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Childhood

Fox is the daughter of Cuban-born screenwriter Elsie Fox (nee "De Sola")[1] and novelist Paul Hervey Fox. She was given up for adoption as an infant and was passed among various relatives and friends. In her 2001 memoir Borrowed Finery, Fox recalled that at her first meeting with her mother, at age five, "I sensed that if she could have hidden the act she would have killed me." Not long after, another visit with Paula and Elsie ended when her mother threw a glass at her. Elsie Fox (born c. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Through adulthood

A teenage marriage produced a daughter, Linda, in 1943. However, given the tumultuous relationship with her own biological parents, she gave the child up for adoption. Fox later attended Columbia University, married the literary critic and translator Martin Greenberg, raised two sons, taught, and began to write.


The daughter Fox gave up for adoption, Linda Carroll, is the mother of controversial musician Courtney Love; Fox is, therefore, Love's biological maternal grandmother. Courtney Love Cobain[1] (born Courtney Michelle Harrison on July 9, 1964) is an American rock musician and Golden Globe-nominated actress. ...


Her works

She published her first book in 1966. She is the author of six autobiographical novels, sixteen children's books, and one memoir.


The Slave Dancer, a children's book was published in 1973. It received the Newbery Medal in 1974. The Slave Dancer is a childrens book written by Paula Fox and published in 1973. ... “Childrens books” redirects here. ... The John Newbery Medal is a literary award given by the Association for Library Service to Children of the American Library Association (ALA) to the author of the outstanding American book for children. ...


Footnotes

  1. ^ http://www.wargs.com/other/cobain.html

External links

  • Paula Fox bio on frontstreetbooks.com
  • Jesse Lichtenstein interviews Paula Fox for Loggernaut.
  • A Qualified Optimist, U.K. Guardian, Aida Edemariam, June 21, 2003

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The Coldest Winter, by Paula Fox (5681 words)
Paula Fox is tall and composed and has a warmth about her that one would not expect from her prose, which is cold and precise and minatory.
Fox, who said of herself that she’s neither an intellectual nor an ideologue, quoted the famous Fitzgerald maxim: “The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.” She seemed unimpressed with the present.
Fox fled New York in 1946 on a partly converted Liberty wartime troop carrier, "departing from what was for me a land of sorrow." Readers of "Borrowed Finery" will know that her freshest sorrow was giving up her daughter for adoption after concluding that, single and poor, she was in no position to rear her.
Guardian Unlimited Books | By genre | Profile: Paula Fox (3718 words)
Fox's mother Elsie, determined not to have children, had already had three or four abortions, but did not realise she was pregnant with Paula until too late, so the baby was instead deposited at a foundling home in New York.
Fox had wanted to be a writer from the time she was seven - "I think it was because I knew my father was a writer", she says now - but did not publish her first novel until she was 43.
When Fox's grandmother died, Elsie decided she shouldn't be told, as "she wouldn't be interested", and this throw-away cruelty was the seed for The Widow's Children (1976), which eschews the baggier picaresque of The Western Coast, returning to the tight, controlled claustrophobia of her first two novels.
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