Paule Marshall (born April 9, 1929) is an American author. She was born Valenza Pauline Burke in Brooklyn to Barbadian parents and educated at Girls High School, Brooklyn College (1953) and Hunter College (1955). Early in her career, she wrote poetry, but later returned to prose. She was chosen by Langston Hughes to accompany him on a world tour in which they both read their work, which was a boon to her career.
Marshall has taught at Virginia Commonwealth University, the University of California, Berkeley, the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and Yale University before holding the Helen Gould Sheppard Chair of Literature and Culture at New York University. In 1993 she received an honorary L.H.D. from Bates College. She lives in Richmond, Va.
Marshall was inducted into the Celebrity Path at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden in 2001.
Her memoir, Triangular Road, was published in 2009.
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- Brown Girl, Brownstones (1959)
- Soul Clap Hands and Sing (1961)
- The Chosen Place, the Timeless People (1969)
- Reena and Other Stories (1983)
- Praisesong for the Widow (1983)
- Daughters (1991)
- The Fisher King (2001)
- Triangular Road (2009)
"I realise that it is fashionable now to dismiss the traditional novel as something of an anachronism, but to me it is still a vital form. Not only does it allow for the kind of full-blown, richly detailed writing that I love… but it permits me to operate on many levels and to explore both the inner state of my characters as well as the worlds beyond them."
- "Paule Marsahll" page at NNDB.
- 1991 interview with Paule Marshall at Wired for Books.org by Don Swaim
- "Paule Marshall - Triangular Road - Part 1", Connie Martinson Talks Books, YouTube.
- "Paule Marshall: Coming of Age".