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Doris Grumbach

Doris Grumbach, American novelist, editor, critic, educator, bookseller. Recipient Lifetime Achievement award New England Booksellers Association, 1996, Public Triangle-Bill Whitehead award for lifetime achievement, 2000.


  • Grumbach, Doris was born on July 12, 1918 in New York City.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, New York University, 1939. Master of Arts, Cornell University, 1940. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Russell Sage College, 1980.

      Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), University Maine, 2001.


    • Title writer Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, New York City, 1940-1941. Associate editor Architectural Forum, Time, Inc., 1941-1943. Professor English College St. Rose, Albany, New York, 1952-1972.

      Visiting professor Empire State College, State University New York, Saratoga Springs, 1972-1973. Contributing editor The New Republic, Washington, 1971-1973, literary editor, 1973-1975. Professor American literature American University, Washington, 1975-1985.

      Adjunct professor English University Maryland, 1974-1975. Visiting professor Iowa Writers' Workshop, 1980, 83, 85, 86, Johns Hopkins University (writing seminars), 1983, 85, 86. Writer-in-residence State University of New York Writers Institute, Albany.


    • The Pleasure of Their Company
    • Using the occasion of her eightieth-birthday party to reflect on the past, Doris Grumbach delivers an enchanting memoir of the writers, friends, and loves who have accompanied her in mind and body through an extraordinary life of letters.
    • Extra Innings: A Memoir
    • As in Doris Grumbach's widely praised day book, Coming into the End Zone, Extra Innings offers an immense, sometimes funny, sometimes tart, and sometimes very moving account of a closely examined life.
    • Coming into the End Zone: A Memoir
    • Started on the eve of the author's seventieth birthday, this year-long journal records the process of slowly slipping into old age, including coming to terms with losses and with powerful memories.
    • The Missing Person
    • The Missing Person is a tellingly achieved fusion of thought and action and the most fully realized evocation of Hollywood themes in a long, long time.


    Board directors Atlantic Center for the Arts, National Book Critics Circle, 1980-1991, Literature Landmarks, 1987-1989. Literature Lion New York Public Library., 1988. Member Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists and Novelists association/Faulkner (board directors 1984-1989, executive board 1985-1991), Phi Beta Kappa (senator 1988-1994).


    • Daughter of Leonard and Helen Isaac. Divorced; children: Barbara Wheeler, Jane Emerson, Elizabeth Cale, Kathryn Grumbach-Yarowsky.
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    Born July 12, 1918
    • 1939
      New York University
    • 1940
      Cornell University
    • 1980
      Russell Sage College
    • 2001
      University Maine
    • 1940 - 1941
      Title writer, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
    • 1941 - 1943
      associate editor Architect, ural Forum
      Time, Rogaland, Norway
    • 1952 - 1972
      professor, English College St. Rose
      Albany, New York, United States
    • 1971 - 1973
      contributing editor The New Republic
      Washington, United States
    • 1972 - 1973
      visiting professor, Empire State College
      Saratoga Springs, New York, United States
    • 1973 - 1975
      contributing editor The New Republic
    • 1975 - 1985
      professor, American literature American University
      Washington, United States
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