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.

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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.

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Brooklyn, NY
United States


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