Through her novels, Anne Bernays explored the Jewish experience of America, the pressures of assimilation, and the then-taboo subject of sexual harassment. After graduating Barnard in 1952, Bernays worked for Town and Country before becoming managing editor of Discovery, a literary journal. In 1962 she published her first novel, Short Pleasures. In 1989, the New York Times Book Review hailed her Professor Romeo as a notable book of the year. Her fifth novel, Growing Up Rich, won the Edward Lewis Wallant Award for its contribution to American Jewish life. She has written several works of nonfiction as well, including co-writing the widely praised What If? Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers with Pamela Painter. Bernays also taught writing at a number of institutions including Boston University, Boston College, and Harvard; was a founding board member of PEN/New England; and served on the boards of the National Writers Union, the Vilna Center for Jewish Heritage, and the Jewish Film Festival of Boston.
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