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James Tiptree, Jr. : the double life of Alice B. Sheldon

Author: Julie Phillips
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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James Tiptree, Jr., burst onto the science fiction scene in the late 1960s with a string of hard-edged, provocative stories. He was hailed as a brilliant writer with a deep sympathy for his female characters. He carried on intimate correspondences with other writers, none of whom knew his true identity. He was so reclusive that he was widely believed to be a top-secret government agent. Then the cover was blown--on  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: James Tiptree, Jr.; Alice Bradley Sheldon; James Tiptree; James Tiptree
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Julie Phillips
ISBN: 0312203853 9780312203856
OCLC Number: 63692750
Description: vi, 469 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: The innocent adventuress --
Africa (1921-22) --
Childhood --
Cannibals at home (1924-25) --
Celebrity (1925-28) --
Girls' school (1929-30) --
Like a Du Maurier Heroine (1931) --
Ambition (1931-33) --
"We have found it quite impossible to persuade her to lead a normal life " (1933-34) --
Love trouble (1935-36) --
Sex and arguing (1936-40) --
War fever (1941-42) --
Fort Des Moines (1942-43) --
In a pentagon basement (1944) --
Ting (1945) --
Going underground (1946-47) --
Running a chicken hatchery in New Jersey (1948-52) --
The agency (1952-55) --
A disappearance and a return (1955) --
Learning to see (1956-59) --
Chez woman (1950's) --
Predoctoral research grant no 10,907 (1960-62) --
Rat science (1963-67) --
The birth of a writer (1967) --
Dr Jekyll and Mr Spock (1968) --
First contact (1969) --
The Yucatán (1970) --
A decadent intellectual faked up in a Woodman's shirt (1971) --
Friendships (1971-73) --
The women men don't see (1972) --
A glass getting ready to crack (1973) --
"Houston, Houston, do you read?" (1973-74) --
A tin rocket (1974) --
A sensitive man (1974-75) --
Depression (1975-76) --
Mary's death (1976) --
Tiptree revealed (1976) --
"I live in my body as in an alien artifact" (1977) --
Writing again (1979-81) --
Love is the plan the plan is death (1982-87).
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James Tiptree, Jr., burst onto the science fiction scene in the late 1960s with a string of hard-edged, provocative stories. He was hailed as a brilliant writer with a deep sympathy for his female characters. He carried on intimate correspondences with other writers, none of whom knew his true identity. He was so reclusive that he was widely believed to be a top-secret government agent. Then the cover was blown--on a sixty-one-year-old woman named Alice Bradley Sheldon. A Chicago native, Alice traveled the globe with her mother, then eloped with a poet at nineteen. She became an artist, a newspaper critic, an army officer, a CIA analyst, and an expert on the psychology of perception. Beautiful, theatrical, and sophisticated, she developed close friendships with people she never met. Devoted to her second husband, she struggled with her feelings for women. An outspoken feminist, she took a male name as a joke, and found the voice to write her stories--only when she became someone else could she tell the truth about herself.--From publisher description.

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20th century cultural history and gripping read

by JesseTheK (WorldCat user published 2010-09-01) Excellent Permalink

Faced with a grim reality common to many female authors, this bio's subject snagged a male pseudonym from a Marmalade jar. Tiptree/Sheldon's completely factual "about the...
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