Delia Sherman

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Delia Sherman
Ellen Kushner and Delia Sherman 2007.jpg
Delia Sherman (right) with Ellen Kushner (photograph by Keyan Bowes)
Born Cordelia Caroline Sherman
Tokyo, Japan
Nationality American
Alma mater Brown University and Vassar College
Genre Speculative fiction
Spouse Ellen Kushner

Cordelia Caroline Sherman (born 1951, Tokyo, Japan), known professionally as Delia Sherman, is a fantasy writer and editor. Her novel The Porcelain Dove won the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award. She lives in New York City with her wife and sometime collaborator, Ellen Kushner (they were married in 1996[1][2]).


Her three novels for adults are all from the subgenre Fantasy of Manners:

  • Through a Brazen Mirror (1988)
  • The Porcelain Dove (1993)
  • The Fall of the Kings (2002) (with Ellen Kushner)

Her most recent novel is The Freedom Maze (2011). Set in Louisiana in the 1960—and 1860—it is a fantasy novel that uses the device of time-travel to explore the themes of slavery, courage, womanhood, and family ties. Though ostensibly aimed at young-adult readers, the historical research underpinning the novel makes it accessible to anyone with an interest in US history. The novel won the 2012 Prometheus Award [3] and the Andre Norton Award.

Two earlier books, Changeling (2006) and its sequel The Magic Mirror of the Mermaid Queen (2009) were fantasy adventures written for younger readers. They are set in "New York Between," a world she has explored in various short stories.

Other work[edit]

Sherman is co-editor (with Kaitlen Clarke and Donald G. Keller) of the fantasy anthology The Horns of Elfland, and (with Terri Windling) of The Essential Bordertown.

With Clarke and others, she is actively involved in the Interstitial art movement. She was a founding member of (and the first president of) the Interstitial Arts Foundation. She is also a member of the Endicott Studio. Together with Kushner, she was an instructor at the Clarion Workshop 2007 in San Diego.



  • Through a Brazen Mirror (1988)
  • The Porcelain Dove (1993)
  • The Fall of the Kings (2002) (with Ellen Kushner)
  • Changeling (2006)
  • The Magic Mirror of the Mermaid Queen (2009)
  • The Freedom Maze (2011) - won the Prometheus Award for libertarian science fiction


  • Young Woman in a Garden (2014)



  1. ^ Bickelhaupt, Susan; Maureen Dezell (1996-10-25). "Will Klein Sign His Letters From Washington?". The Boston Globe. 
  2. ^ Simon, Clea (2004-09-01). "It was love, but now it's gone". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2007-08-10. 
  3. ^ Libertarian Futurist Society. "PROMETHEUS AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED". Retrieved 13 July 2012. 

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