James Tiptree, Jr

James Tiptree, Jr

The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon

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Tiptree burst onto the science fiction scene in the 1970s with a series of hard-edged, provocative short stories. Then the cover was blown: the author was actually a 61-year-old woman named Alice Sheldon--world traveler, debutante, chicken farmer, CIA agent, and experimental psychologist. This fascinating biography is based on full access to her papers.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0312203853
Branch Call Number: B TIPTREE
Characteristics: vi, 469 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm

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MadameMoonfly
Aug 01, 2015

The arduous life and literary travails of Alice B. Sheldon bring this to mind:
What kind of beast would turn its life into words?
What atonement is this all about?
--Adrienne Rich

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ahsimlibrarian
Dec 03, 2014

Alice B. Sheldon lived an adventurous life—she was a Chicago debutante, went on African safari with her parents, was in the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps during WWII and was a CIA analyst. But her biggest, most top secret adventure was as a writer of science fiction under the name James Tiptree, Jr. When her true identity was revealed, it was big news. A remarkable memoir of an amazing woman.

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Winnipeg1
Apr 10, 2011

An exhaustive, & exhausting, biography. Interesting, but unless the reader is a big sf/fan fan, will involve a lot of skipping.

johnmarkeberhart Dec 23, 2010

Terrific bio of a writer whose significant talent was matched by the intrigue surrounding "his" true identity. Tiptree/Sheldon emerges as a fascinating, complicated, thoroughly admirable soul who cared deeply about her art and the people in her life -- so deeply that compromises that might have been acceptable to some of us proved intolerable to her way of seeing things. Highly recommended.

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