Author and Activist Grace Paley Dies at 84

August 23, 2007

This news deviates a bit from our usual coverage here at Our Bodies Our Blog, but I wanted to note the death of celebrated writer Grace Paley, a feminist and political activist.

Paley, who described herself as a “combative pacifist,” died Wednesday at her home in Thetford Hill, Vt. She was 84. According to her husband, the playwright Robert Nichols, she had been battling breast cancer.

Here’s an excellent New York Times archive featuring reviews of Paley’s work and articles by and about her. Maud Newton has a reflection and more links here.

A new book of Paley’s poetry is scheduled to be published early next year by Farrar Straus & Giroux. It is tentatively titled “Fidelity: A Book of Poems.”

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