Ann Birstein

Ann Birstein is the author of ten books. Her writings have appeared in such publications as The New Yorker, the New York Times, and Vogue. A recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts grant, she has taught and lectured at the Iowa Writers Workshop, Columbia University, and Barnard College, where she founded and directed Writers on Writing. She lives in New York City.


It seems foolish to include a narrative biography in this section when my new book happens to be an autobiography. So here are some plain facts of my professional life.

B.A. Queens College, magna cum laude with honors in English; Graduate work, Kenyon School of English; Graduate work, Sorbonne, Paris; University of Aix-Marseille

Honorary Alumni Member Phi Beta Kappa;National Endowment for the Arts grant; Fulbright Fellowship; Queens College Scholar

Vanity Fare, a novel, Publish America.
What I Saw at the Fair, autobiography, Welcome Rain Publ.
The Last of the True Believers, a novel, W.W. Norton.
The Rabbi on Forty-seventh Street, a biography, Dial Press; Authors Guild Back in Print
American Children, a novel, Doubleday and Company; Authors Guild Back in Print
Dickie's List, a novel, Coward McCann and Geoghegan.
Summer Situations, three short novels, Coward McCann and Geoghegan; Avon Books.
The Sweet Birds of Gorham, a novel, David McKay; Gollancz; Ballantine Books.
The Troublemaker, a novel, Dodd Mead.
Star of Glass, a novel, Dodd Mead; Popular Library.

Co-editor, The Works of Anne Frank, Doubleday

Contributor of stories, articles, essays, reviews to: Book World Confrontation, Connoisseur, Geo, Inside, Mademoiselle, McCall's, New York Times, The New Yorker, The Reporter, Vogue, Washington Post, and other publications.
For six years film critic for Vogue, former Contributing Editor, Inside Magazine.

Director and Founder: Writers on Writing at Barnard.
Adjunct Professor of English, Barnard College.
Lecturer, Columbia University, School of General Studies.
Adjunct Star Professor of English, Hofstra University.
Visiting Professor of English, SUNY at Albany.
Visiting Lecturer, The Writers Workshop, University of Iowa.
Teacher of Creative Writing, the Browning School, New York.
Writer-in-Residence, CCNY.
Lecturer, The New School
Lecturer, Queens College
Lectures and readings at: Barnard College, Columbia School of Fine Arts, Hunter College, Kingsborough Community College, Long Island University, Queens College, Smith College, Stanford University, Stern College, and various schools and community centers here and abroad.
Former President, MacDowell Fellows Executive Committee.
Member of PEN (formerly member of the Executive Board and head of the Admissions Committee).
Member of the Authors Guild (formerly member of the Guild Council).

Listed in: Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who of American Women, Contemporary Authors, Jewish American Women Authors among other publications.

Selected Works

It's the mid-1970's, a time of political and social turmoil. Watergate is on everybody's mind, and the women's movement is the subject of much contention.
"Ann Birstein writes with such fluidity that her novel seems to end only moments after it has begun." --New York Times
"A delicious, readable memoir about the fortunes of a beautiful, intelligent woman in an era when beautiful, intelligent women had no rights." --Erica Jong
"A delightful biography of the author's father." --The New Yorker