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Helen Yglesias

Helen Yglesias

In her many novels, Helen Yglesias returned to the themes of her own life: women defying convention and finding the courage to start over.

Helen Yglesias, 1915 - 2008

Helen Yglesias was the author of five published novels, the first written when she was a 54-year-old mother of three. Self-educated beyond high school, this daughter of Yiddish-speaking immigrants had jobs selling underwear, stuffing envelopes, teaching ballroom dancing, typing manuscripts, writing book reviews, and, eventually, editing. She did a stint as literary editor of The Nation before turning to fiction writing full time in 1972. As her daughter Tamar Cole told the New York Times at her death in March 2008, "she managed to maintain a family and a career.

Helen Yglesias

In 1965, Helen Yglesias joined the staff of The Nation and shortly thereafter became its literary editor. At age fifty-four, she left her job to dedicate herself to becoming a writer.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Helen Yglesias." (Viewed on January 16, 2018) <>.


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