Leslie Brody

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Leslie Brody
Born 1952
Bronx, New York
Occupation Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Redlands
Notable works Irrepressible : The Life and Times of Jessica Mitford
Notable awards PEN American Center USA West Award 1999, National Endowment for the Arts Award for Fiction
Spouse Gary Amdahl

Leslie Brody (born 1952) is an American author. Born in the Bronx, New York and brought up on Long Island, Brody went to grade school in Riverhead and high school in Massapequa. At 17 years old she left home to become an underground press reporter for the Berkeley Tribe. A year later, she set off to travel around Europe. From 1971 to 1976, Brody lived in London and Amsterdam, sampling various hippie occupations.[1] She returned to California in the late '70s and worked as a librarian both at the San Francisco College of Mortuary Science, and for the Sierra Club, while attending college at San Francisco State University.

While in San Francisco, Brody became involved in theatre and playwriting, and became a resident playwright of the One-Act Theatre Company of San Francisco. She was offered a fellowship at The Playwrights' Center and moved to Minneapolis. While there, she worked for the Hungry Mind Review as a columnist and contributing editor.[2]

In 1993, she returned to college, this time at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, earning her PhD in English. Brody undertook various fellowships and assistantships and became part of UCONN’s English department from 1994 to 1998. Ever since, Brody has been a professor of English and Creative Writing at The University of Redlands, primarily teaching non-fiction writing workshops in addition to seminars in documentary film, literary journalism and monologue writing for the stage.

Leslie Brody has been married to the writer Gary Amdahl since 1989.


  • 1998 — Red Star Sister: Between Madness and Utopia (St. Paul, Minnesota: Hungry Mind Press) [3]
  • 2001 — A Motel of the Mind Written with Gary Amdahl (Santa Rosa, California: Philos Press) [4]
  • 2010 — Irrepressible: The Life and Times of Jessica Mitford, (Berkeley, California : Counterpoint Press) [5]


External links[edit]

  • [1] Leslie's Blog
  • [2] Miss Leslie's Magazine
  • [3] Interview with Leslie from Counter Point
  • [4] Interview with Brody on "New Books in Biography"
  • [5] CSPAN Book Discussion on Irrepressible
  • [6] Leslie Brody as Featured Author
  • [7] "Two Minutes with Jessica Mitford" video
  • [8] Review of Irrepressible: The Life and Times of Jessica Mitford by Steve Weinberg in San Francisco Chronicle
  • [9] Review of Irrepressible: The Life and Times of Jessica Mitford by Anne Chisholm on BookForum
  • [10] Review of Irrepressible: The Life and Times of Jessica Mitford by Jessica Ferri on The Spectator