Lore Segal

Lore Segal’s life, including her transformative experiences during WWII, became the basis for her award-winning novels and children’s books. Segal was sent from Austria to England on a kindertransport and spent years being shuffled from one host family to another. She earned a BA from Bedford College in London and settled in New York. In 1961 she married editor David Segal, who died suddenly in 1970, leaving her to raise their two children. Segal’s first novel, Other People’s Houses (1964), borrowed from her experiences as a refugee and earned her a Guggenheim grant. Two years later, she published the satiric Lucinella, based on her time at the Yaddo writers’ retreat. In 1985 she published the controversial and highly acclaimed Her First American, and in 2008 Shakespeare’s Kitchen was a finalist for the Pulitzer. She has translated parts of the Bible as well as Grimm’s fairy tales, and has been praised for her 1970 children’s book, Tell Me a Mitzi. Alongside her writing, she has taught at a number of prestigious schools, including Columbia, Princeton, and Sarah Lawrence.


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Tell Me a Mitzi, by Lore Segal, originally published in 1970.

Date of Birth


Writer, Translator, Professor

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