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Shirley Ann Grau (NC '50)

By Maya Schioppo

Mar 05, 2021


Shirley Ann Grau (1929-2020) was a novelist and short story author noted for her examinations of evil and isolation among American Southerners across race lines.

Shirley Anne Grau graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Newcomb in 1950 with a Bachelor’s Degree in English. She is known for winning the 1965 Pulitzer Prize for fiction with her novel The Keepers of the House. She published six novels and four story collections throughout her life. Her award-winning novel “drew critical praise but also threatening phone calls for its depiction of a long romance between a wealthy white man and his black housekeeper in rural Alabama.”

Read her obituaries in the LA Times,  The New York Times and The Times-Picayune.