Stafford, Jean, 1915-1979

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Birth 1915-07-01
Death 1979-03-26
Americans
English

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Jean Stafford was an American author, best known for her realistic and sublimely crafted short stories. Much of her fiction invoked classical literary themes, but viewed them through the perspective of an alienated, 20th century woman. Many of her stories reflected her own tumultuous, often melodramatic personal life.

From the description of Jean Stafford correspondence with Henry W. Johnstone, 1969. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 55081876

Jean Stafford (1915-1979) was a novelist and short story writer who earned national acclaim when her first book, Boston Adventure, became a best-seller. Her Collected Short Stories, originally published in The New Yorker, won her the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1970. Born in Covina, California, Stafford moved to Colorado at the age of five. She graduated with a BA and MA from the University of Colorado in 1936. She spent most of her adult life on the East Coast where she also wrote articles, children's books, and a non-fiction book on an interview with Marguerite C. Oswald, mother of Lee Harvey Oswald. She was a frequent contributor to The New Yorker, Harper's Bazaar, and the Sewanee Review. Over the course of her career, Stafford won numerous grants and fellowships as well as the O. Henry Prize for her short story, In The Zoo. Stafford was married to poet Robert Lowell, then to photographer Oliver Jensen, and finally to journalist A.J. Liebling.

From the description of Jean Stafford papers, 1893-1992 (Denver Public Library). WorldCat record id: 181160330

Jean Stafford (July 1, 1915 - March 26, 1979) was a novelist and short story writer who earned national acclaim when her first book Boston Adventure (1944) became a best-seller. Her Collected Short Stories (1969), which were originally published in The New Yorker, won her the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1970.

Born in Covina, California, Stafford moved with her family to Colorado when she was five. She graduated with a BA and MA from the University of Colorado in 1936. She spent most of her adult life living on the East Coast where, in addition to novels and short stories, she wrote non-fiction articles, several children's books, and a non-fiction book on an interview with Marguerite C. Oswald, mother of Lee Harvey Oswald. She was a frequent contributor to magazines such as The New Yorker, Harper's Bazaar, and the Sewanee Review . Over the course of her career she won numerous grants and fellowships as well as the O. Henry Prize (for her 1955 short story In The Zoo ).

She was married three times, first to poet Robert Lowell, then to photographer Oliver Jensen, and finally to journalist A.J. Liebling. She passed away in White Plains, NY.

From the guide to the Jean Stafford Papers, 1893-1992, (Special Collections. University of Colorado at Boulder Libraries.)

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  • Books--Reviews--20th century
  • Women authors, American--20th century
  • Women authors, American--20th century--Correspondence

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