Grace Paley Estate

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Grace Paley’s (1922-2007) work has been translated into 92 languages.  Born in the Bronx to Russian Jewish socialist immigrant parents in 1922,   Paley has been called   “the Chekhov of New York City,”  “the bard of Jewish New York,” and  “the consummate New York writer.”  “Grace Paley is to New York what William Faulkner is to Mississippi,” Vivian Gornick wrote in the Village Voice.  She was named the first state author of New York. From her acclaimed debut The Little Disturbances of Man (1958) onwards, Grace Paley’s three story collections were critical sensations; and in 1994 they were compiled in The Collected Stories, a finalist for both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize.  She was among the earliest American writers to explore the daily lives of women. She was the recipient of numerous awards, including a Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts. In 1980 she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In spring of 1987, Paley received a senior fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts in recognition of her lifetime contribution to literature.  She was a past vice president of the Pen American Center. She was also named poet laureate of Vermont. Paley is known for her masterful ear for dialect and her gift for poetic concision. William Novak–and others–describe her as a “writer’s writer”.   She has described herself as “somewhat combative pacifist and cooperative anarchist.” She refused to see her political life as separate from her writing life.

LITTLE DISTRUBANCES OF MAN (1958)

Rights: FSG, North America; Bungeishunju, Japan; Einaudi Editore, Italy; Rivages, France; Anagrama, Spain; Am Oved, Israel; Virago, UK; Yolimwon, Korea

ENORMOUS CHANGES (1974)

Rights: FSG North America; Editions Recherches, France; Surkamp Verlag, Germany; Andre Duetsch, UK; Bungeishunju, Japan; Anagrama, Spain; Pax Forlag, Norway; Einaudi Editore, Italy; LJ Veen Klassiek, The Netherlands

LATER THE SAME DAY (1985)

Rights: FSG, North America; Surkamp Verlag, Germany; Anagrama, Spain; Bungeishunju, Japan; Rivage, France; Editora Paz E Terra, Brazil; Uitgeverij Contract, Holland; Bokforlaget Trevi, Sweden; Virago, UK; Einaudi Editore, Italy

THE COLLECTED STORIES (1994)

Rights: FSG, North America; Tiderne Skifter Forlag, Denmark; Insel Verlag, Germany; Aventura Forlag, Norway; Schoffling, Germany; Catalonia, Spain

JUST AS I THOUGHT (1998)

Rights: FSG, North America; Editions Rivages, France; Virago, UK; Einaudi Editore, Italy

FIDELITY (2008)

Rights: FSG, North America; Minimum Fax, Italy; Schoffling, Germany