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critic , Editor , educator , novelist , bookseller

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.


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 of 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, The New Republic, 1973-1975;professor American literature, American U., Washington, 1975-1985. Adjunct Professor of English U. 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.



Board of 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.

Leonard Isaac

Helen Isaac

Barbara Wheeler Grumbach

Jane Emerson Grumbach

Elizabeth Cale Grumbach

Kathryn Grumbach-Yarowsky Grumbach