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Hortense Calisher

Hortense Calisher

Praised as a “writer’s writer” for her unique voice and deft style, Hortense Calisher was little known outside the literary community despite winning the highest honors for her novels and memoirs.

Birth of "writer's writer" Hortense Calisher

December 20, 1911

Birth of Hortense Calisher, author of memoirs, short stories, and more than ten novels including "False Entry" (1961) and "Sunday Jews" (2002).

Hortense Calisher debuts in the New Yorker

July 10, 1948

Hortense Calisher's award-winning short story "The Middle Drawer" was published in the New Yorker magazine.

Hortense Calisher

Hortense Calisher has been a significant presence in American letters for over forty years, producing novels, short stories, and memoirs of striking originality and intelligence.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Hortense Calisher." (Viewed on January 19, 2018) <>.


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