Photograph of American feminist and author Anne Roiphe.

Anne Roiphe

The granddaughter of the founder of the Van Heusen shirt company, Anne Roiphe grew up in “one of the few buildings on Park Avenue where Jews in the early thirties could rent.” She published her first novel, Digging Out, in 1967 and her second novel, Up the Sandbox!, in 1970, soon becoming known as an early second-wave feminist. The author of nineteen books, Roiphe once said, “Art has many fine uses, but redemption is not one of them…You have to be a lover of books without expecting more of them than they give—a little pleasure, a little insight, a moment of escape, a deepening of your own humanity. Not much else.” 

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