Grace Paley: Collected Shorts | 2010

Documentary
A portrait of writer, activist and New York icon Grace Paley (1922-2007). Grace was the child of Russian Jewish refugees, socialists who instilled in her a passion for social justice. She taught creative writing for ...more
Director: Lilly Rivlin
Writers: Lilly Rivlin
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Lilly Rivlin Productions

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A portrait of writer, activist and New York icon Grace Paley (1922-2007). Grace was the child of Russian Jewish refugees, socialists who instilled in her a passion for social justice. She taught creative writing for twenty-two years at Sarah Lawrence College where she was a major influence on her students. Grace's acclaimed first short story collection, "The Little Disturbances of Man", established her reputation with its chronicles of Jewish American urban females much like her. Her New York tales, filled with an emotional and sexual frankness especially bold for the 1950s, soon became classics of the short fiction form. Her work has been translated into 92 languages. Not content to rest on her laurels, the highly principled Grace combined her evolving literary career with passionate political activism. She spent considerable time on the front lines of the anti-war and women's movements, where she endured being arrested time and again. Here, as Paley reads from her short stories, poems, we learn how one person can combine public responsibility with individual creativity.

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