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Amazing Biography of Tragic Woman
on May 17, 2014
This brilliant biography unravels the life of Alice Sheldon, a
brilliant, beautiful, talented but very broken woman who became the
successful and edgy science fiction author known as James Triptree,
Jr. It's amazing that the author was able to find so much material
and interview so many people who knew this mostly-reclusive woman, and
achieve such depth of understanding of her. How I wish that Alice had
found a truly insightful psychiatrist who could have led her to face
herself, get off speed and treat her emotional problems directly.
Sadly she saw male doctors who all-but-ignored her sexuality, and her
fear and attraction to death.
Minor quibble: the author repeatedly states that Alice is "flirting"
with her correspondents in her letters to science fiction authors,
editors, etc. Nothing that she quoted seemed to me to be flirting,
just compliments and praise, with little innuendo.
Anyone who enjoys biographies, especially of interesting and
strong-but-tragic women, will love this book. Unfortunately it's
a tragic story that caused me to cry several times. Nevertheless
I loved it.