Paula Fox was born in Manhattan, New York, on 22nd April 1923, and died aged 93 in
Brooklyn, New York, on 1st March 2017.
She had a long life that was filled with many
hardships and sorrow which maybe made it possible for her to write in a way that actually
touches readers in the first place. The issue of being alone and away from one’s family is a
recurring motif in Paula Fox’s books and shows how much of an impact her own parents
neglecting her time and time again should have.
She took on various jobs later on in her life
before she, much later – when she was about forty – went on to write books, half a dozen
novels for adults and more than twenty children’s books and all of them in her very own
captivating writing style. She won the Newbery Medal for The Slave Dancer in 1974.