Marilyn Yalom

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Marilyn Yalom (born 1932) is a feminist author and historian. She is a senior scholar at the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University.[1][2] She served as the institute's director from 1984 to 1985.[3]

She is married to the psychiatrist and author Irvin Yalom.[4]

Her writing Birth of the Chess Queen was inspired by, on a visit to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Massachusetts, seeing a small carved ivory image of a Madonna and Child, described as a chess piece; she concluded that it was intended as a devotional object but had been made by an ivory carver accustomed to making chess pieces.

Awards and honors[edit]


  • A History of the Wife
  • A History of the Breast
  • Blood Sisters
  • The French Revolution in Women's History
  • Maternity, Mortality, and the Literature of Madness
  • Birth of the Chess Queen
  • How the French Invented Love


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  3. ^ "Marilyn Yalom. Senior Scholar. Clayman Institute Director, 1984-1985". 
  4. ^ Washington Weaver The Alliterating Philosopher: Philosophy Can Be Phun 2010 - Page 52 "Marilyn Yalom is married to the twentieth century's most influential American psychotherapist whose name is Dr. Irvin Yalom."
  5. ^ "The American Library in Paris Book Award Shortlist". The American Library in Paris Book Award. The American Library in Paris. September 2013.