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Grace Paley

Grace Paley (December 11, 1922 – August 22, 2007) was an American short story writer, poet, teacher, and political activist.

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Grace Paley (née Goodside) was born in New York to Isaac and Manya Ridnyik Goodside, who anglicized the family name from Gutseit on immigrating from Ukraine. Her father was a doctor. The family spoke Russian and Yiddish along with English. The youngest of the three Goodside children (sixteen and fourteen years younger than brother and sister Victor and Jeanne, respectively), Paley was a tomboy as a child.

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A documentary about Paley, discussing how she came to write prose. She has won so many awards, has taught for years, and has served as a social activist with such devotion that she has been arrested multiple times. Paley speaks to students as well in this video, reading a few stories from her collections.

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