Brody, Miriam 1940-

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BRODY, Miriam 1940-

PERSONAL: Born May 12, 1940, in Philadelphia, PA; daughter of Louis (a lithographer) and Anna (a school social worker; maiden name, Rabinowitz) Brody; married Isaac Kramnick (a professor), January 20, 1963; children: Rebecca, Jonathan, Leah. Education: University of Pennsylvania, B.A., 1961; Boston University, M.A., 1963; Cornell University, Ph.D., 1987. Politics: Democrat. Religion: Jewish.

ADDRESSES: Home—Ithaca, NY. Office—Writing Program, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY 14850. E-mail—[email protected].

CAREER: Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY, professor of writing.


(Editor) Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Women, Penguin (New York, NY), 1975.

Manly Writing: Gender, Rhetoric, and the Rise of Composition, Southern Illinois University Press (Carbondale, IL), 1993.

Mary Wollstonecraft: Mother of Women's Rights, Oxford University Press, 2000.

WORK IN PROGRESS: A biography of Victoria Woodhull for Oxford University Press young adult series.

SIDELIGHTS: Miriam Brody once told CA: "I suppose it's axiomatic that writers cannot resist either a blank page or an invitation for self-disclosure. I cannot remember a time when I did not write. My earliest memory is inscribing my name on paper. I thought I would write fiction as an adult, and it is amusing to me that I write instead about writing. I think now that, as a child, I wanted less to write fiction and more to write simply for the sake of writing, as I am doing now. Ultimately I think we write to fill up blank pages."

She more recently added, "I have stopped writing about writing and am now writing biographies of women's lives. I think this is a delaying tactic to postpone writing my own. One day I will."