Alison Lurie was the author of ten novels, including Foreign Affairs (Pulitzer Prize) and The Truth About Lorin Jones (Prix Femina Etranger). She also published studies of fashion and architecture, The Language of Clothes and The Language of Houses, and two collections of essays on children’s literature. She was the Frederic C. Whiton Professor of American Literature emerita at Cornell University, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
A renowned novelist, she wrote about some of the most brilliant and original American and British fiction of the last hundred years, including work by Henry James, Doris Lessing, John Updike, Mary McCarthy, Anthony Powell, Angela Carter, and Garrison Keillor—some of whom she had known personally. These unusual books combine tragedy and comedy, supernatural events and social criticism, and they are all fun to read.