Writer and Activist Grace Paley H'03 Dies at 84

Story posted August 24, 2007

Grace Paley H'03, writer of poetry, short stories and essays, died at her home in Vermont. She was 84. Paley was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters in 2003.

Paley's short stories and poems documented the uncommon lives of everyday women with pathos and humor. Her short stories and essays appeared in The New Yorker, Esquire, and The Atlantic Monthly; her collections of stories include The Little Disturbances of Man (1959), Enormous Changes at the Last Minute (1974), Later the Same Day (1985), and The Collected Stories (1994).

Paley taught for 23 years at Sarah Lawrence University, three years at the City University of New York graduate program, and at Syracuse and Columbia universities.

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