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June 17, 2019


#Non-fiction biography James Tiptree jr.

by N@ncy



  1. Literary tastes were changing in the 1960s.
  2. Women were searching for new books
  3. …they were tired of romances, doctors and stories about horses.
  4. Fantasy and SF introduced some very talented writers.
  5. James Tiptree Jr. was born…nom de plume Alice Sheldon.
  6. Tiptree  burst onto the science fiction scene
  7. ….in the 1970s with a series of hard-edged, provocative short stories.
  8. Tiptree was hailed as a brilliant masculine writer.
  9. Ms Sheldon kept her JT persona very secret:
  10. no photo’s, no public appearances and
  11. most confusing was “his” strong
  12. feminist slant in his tales.
  13. For example The Women Men Don’t See.
  14. Women characters felt so alienated and powerless in society they
  15. choose to board a space ship with aliens rather than remain on earth!
  16. Strong point: This fascinating biography by Julie Phillips
  17. was ten years in the making.
  18. Julie Phillips takes us behind the scenes to learn the
  19. of the privileged yet troubled life of Alice Sheldon.
  20. With this information Sheldon’s short stories take on a new cachet.
  21. This book is considered one of the best biographies about a SF writer.



9 Comments Post a comment
  1. Jun 17 2019

    She sounds like a wonderful character!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Jun 17 2019

      Alice….a complex…deep thinker who wrestled with many demons in her life.
      Reminded met of 2 other another GREAT literary biographies….if you are in the mood:
      Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life ( R. Franklin)
      Thea Astley: Inventing Her Own Weather (Australian writer) by Karen Lamb


  2. Mary Lee Smyth
    Jun 17 2019

    I am so glad I am reading your blog. My summer reading list has expanded exponentially and my librarian is scrambling to find my requests! LOL! Bibliophile heaven! Thank you Nancy!


    • Jun 20 2019

      So glad I can help your reading plans!
      Spread the news to any other book lovers….in the archive there are 2 years worth of reviews!
      Non-finciton, fiction, Plays, French books, Classics, Short story collections and Poetry! I read quite a few ‘Australian Writers’…that list in on the right sidebar.If you look in the categories “messages” there are some quirky blogposts I wrote. :). In “Monthy Planning” I include also some books that are NOT reviewed on this blog ….but on



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