When Lore Segal was ten years old, she left her native Vienna and went to England, where she lived with a number of foster families. After receiving her B.A. English Honors from the University of London in 1948, she went to live in the Dominican Republic until her American quota allowed her to come to New York in May 1951.
Between 1968 and 1996 she taught writing at Columbia University’s School of the Arts, Princeton, Bennington College, Sarah Lawrence, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Ohio State University from which she retired in 1996.
Lore Segal has worked as novelist, essayist, translator, and writer of children’s books. She has received the Clifton Fadiman Medal, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Harold U. Ribalow Prize, and a grant from the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities. Her reviews have appeared in the New York Times Book Review and her stories in the The New Yorker. Her short story “The Reverse Bug” was included in Best American Short Stories, 1989 and was a 1990 O. Henry Prize-winner. Her stories “Other People’s Deaths” and “Making Good” were included in the O. Henry Prize Stories in 2008 and 2010, respectively.
Lore Segal’s novels include Other People’s Houses, first serialized in The New Yorker, Lucinella, republished in 2009 by Melville House; and Her First American, which won an award from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. Segal’s most recent novel, Shakespeare’s Kitchen was one of three finalists for the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
Among Lore Segal’s children’s books are Tell Me a Mitzi, illustrated by Harriet Pincus, Tell Me a Trudy, illustrated by Rosemary Wells, All the Way Home, illustrated by James Marshall, The Story of Old Mrs. Brubeck and How She Looked for Trouble and Where She Found Him, illustrated by Marcia Sewall, The Story of Mrs. Lovewright and Purrless Her Cat, illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky, Morris the Artist, illustrated by Boris Kulikov, Why Mole Shouted and Other Stories, and More Mole Stories and Little Gopher, Too both illustrated by Sergio Ruzzier.
She translated Gallows Songs with W.D. Snodgrass, from the German of Christian Morgenstern, The Juniper Tree and Other Tales from Grimm with illustrations by Maurice Sendak, The Book of Adam to Moses, and The Story of King Saul and King David.
The forthcoming novel, Half the Kingdom, will be published by Melville House in October 2013.