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  •  An interesting biography of her (2+ / 0-)
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    RiveroftheWest, Brecht

    by Julie Phillips, James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon. Here is the very brief summary from my log:

    "Born in 1913, Alli was a spoiled beauty of privilege who took three African safaris before she was 16. She struggled with the role of women in society, relationships, and marriage through marriages, WAC in WWII, the CIA, and writing. She found her voice only when she created a male persona and award-winning science fiction. When her persona died, so did her writing."

    She was a strong creative force, but for some reason could write only through the male persona she created. Another persona, Raccoona somebody, didn't work, possibly because the name sounded female. But it was hilarious how the SF world of the time insisted that her prose was manly, masculine, etc. From current perspective, it makes you wonder why they even thought of it--something must have been working on them.

    Anyway, I recommend the bio as well as her own Tiptree work.

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