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. She served as the institute's director from 1984 to 1985.
Marilyn Yalom has an extensive list of scholarly publications, including Blood Sisters (1993), A History of the Breast (1997), A History of the Wife (2001), Birth of the Chess Queen (2004),The American Resting Place (2008) with photos by Reid Yalom, and How the French Invented Love (2012).
Her books have been translated into 20 languages.
In addition to her text, The American Resting Place contains a portfolio of 64 black and white art photos taken by her son Reid Yalom. Marilyn Yalom was presented with a Certificate of Recognition from the California State Assembly “honoring extraordinary leadership in the literary arts and continued commitment to ensuring the quality of reading” through her book The American Resting Place: Four Hundred Years of History, thereby benefiting the people of the City and County of San Francisco and the State of California.”
Her most recent book, How the French Invented Love, was short-listed for the Phi Beta Kappa Gauss literary award and for the American Library in Paris book award, in 2013.
Yalom was decorated by the French government as an Officier des Palmes Academiques in 1991, and she received an Alumnae Achievement Award from Wellesley College in 2013.
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
- 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
- "Marilyn Yalom. Senior Scholar. Clayman Institute Director, 1984-1985".
- 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."
- "The American Library in Paris Book Award Shortlist". The American Library in Paris Book Award. The American Library in Paris. September 2013.
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