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Re: James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon

I’m not sure I can add anything new to the chorus of voices recommending James Tiptree, Jr: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon, by Julie Phillips, except to say, it’s just as good as “they” say it is. The early chapters depict a talented, artistic writer who was the daughter of a talented, adventurous writer. Alice (or Alli) goes on childhood trips to Africa, grows up in the hothouse atmosphere of the Chicago society scene, struggles through an impulsive failed first marriage, enlists as a WAC, works for the proto-CIA, and enters an impulsive enduring second marriage. Very much the picture of a brilliant woman in the first half of the twentieth century, who felt all too keenly that she could have done more if she were a man.

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