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Carol Emshwiller
Carol Emshwiller, 1998
Carol Emshwiller, 1998
Born Carol Fries
(1921-04-12)April 12, 1921
Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S.
Died February 2, 2019(2019-02-02) (aged 97)
Durham, North Carolina, U.S.
Occupation Writer
Nationality American
Alma mater University of Michigan
Genre science fiction, magical realism
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Teaching at Clarion West, 1998.

Carol Emshwiller (April 12, 1921 – February 2, 2019) was an American writer of avant garde short stories and science fiction who has won prizes ranging from the Nebula Award to the Philip K. Dick Award. Ursula K. Le Guin has called her "a major fabulist, a marvelous magical realist, one of the strongest, most complex, most consistently feminist voices in fiction". Among her novels are Carmen Dog and The Mount. She has also written two cowboy novels called Ledoyt and Leaping Man Hill. Her last novel, The Secret City, was published in April 2007.

She was the widow of artist and experimental filmmaker Ed Emshwiller and "regularly served as his model for paintings of beautiful women." The couple had three children. Susan Jenny Coulson co-wrote the movie Pollock; Peter is an actor, artist, screenwriter, and novelist; and Eve is a botanist and ethnobotanist at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.


Emshwiller was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She lived in New York City most of the year and spent her summers in Owens Valley, California, and has used this setting in her stories.

In 2005, she was awarded the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement. Her short story "Creature", won the 2002 Nebula Award for Best Short Story, and "I Live With You" won the 2005 Nebula Award in the same category.

In 2009, she donated her archive to the department of Rare Books and Special Collections at Northern Illinois University.

She died on February 2, 2019, in Durham, North Carolina, where she was living with her daughter, Susan Jenny Coulson.

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