Edith Konecky

In her acclaimed novels, Edith Konecky painted portraits of successful and domineering assimilated Jewish men and the ways their ambitions strangled possibilities for the wives and daughters in their orbit. Konecky won a short story contest while still in high school and studied at NYU from 1939–1941. She married in 1944 and raised a family, returning to both writing and her college education at age thirty-seven, studying at Columbia from 1959–1960. She began writing Allegra Maud Goodman, her first novel, at the MacDowell Colony over successive summers starting in 1962, finally publishing it in 1976. She followed it with A Place at the Table in 1989, A View to the North in 2004, and a short story collection in 2002. Echoing her own painful childhood, the wives and daughters in Konecky’s fiction are cowed into stifling their thoughts and talents by wealthy, abusive men. It becomes the daughter’s task to question, criticize, and come into her own, a powerful narrative at height of the women’s movement.

Topics: Fiction

More on Edith Konecky

0 Comments

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and email addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.

The front cover of the 25th anniversary edition of Edith Konecky's Allegra Maud Goldman: A Novel, with an introduction by Tillie Olsen, a foreword by Alix Kates Shulman, and an afterword by Bella Brodzki.

Date of Birth
Birthplace

Brooklyn, NY
United States

Occupations
Writer

How to cite this page

Jewish Women's Archive. "Edith Konecky ." (Viewed on August 7, 2020) <https://jwa.org/people/konecky-edith>.

Donate

Help us elevate the voices of Jewish women.

donate now

Get JWA in your inbox