|Born||March 10, 1932|
Chicago, Illinois, United States
|Died||November 20, 2019 (aged 87)|
Palo Alto, California, United States
|Alma mater||Wellesley College, Harvard, Johns Hopkins University|
|Discipline||History, Feminism, French studies, Comparative Literature|
|Institutions||Stanford University, University of Hawaii, California State University, East Bay|
Marilyn Yalom (March 10, 1932 – November 20, 2019) was a feminist author and historian. She was a senior scholar at the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University, and a professor of French. She served as the institute's director from 1984 to 1985. Prior to teaching at Stanford, Yalom taught at the University of Hawaii Manoa and California State University Hayward (now known as California State University, East Bay).
Life and work
Yalom received her BA in French from Wellesley College in 1954, her MA in French and German from Harvard University in 1956, and her PhD in Comparative Literature from Johns Hopkins University in 1963.
Marilyn Yalom's scholarly publications include 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" via the 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 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 Officer des Palmes Academiques in 1991, and she received an Alumnae Achievement Award from Wellesley College in 2013.
Awards and honors
- Maternity, Mortality, and the Literature of Madness (1985).
- Blood Sisters: The French Revolution in Women's memory (1993).
- A History of the Breast (1997).
- A History of the Wife (2001).
- Birth of the Chess Queen (2004).
- The American Resting Place: Four Hundred Years of History (2008). ISBN 978-0618624270
- How the French Invented Love (2012).
- The Social Sex: A History of Female Friendship (2015).
- Compelled to Witness: Women's Memoirs of the French Revolution (2015).
- The Amorous Heart: An Unconventional History of Love (2018).
- A Matter of Death and Life with her husband (2021).
- Yalom, Marilyn. "Marilyn Yalom". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2017-08-11.
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- "Marilyn Yalom. Senior Scholar. Clayman Institute Director, 1984–1985". Gender.stanford.edu. Retrieved 2017-08-11.
- Seelye, Katharine Q. (27 November 2019). "Marilyn Yalom, Feminist Author and Historian, is Dead at 87". The New York Times.
- Washington Weaver The Alliterating Philosopher: Philosophy Can Be Phun 2010, p. 52 "Marilyn Yalom is married to the twentieth century's most influential American psychotherapist whose name is Dr. Irvin Yalom."
- Seelye, Katharine Q. (27 November 2019). "Marilyn Yalom, Feminist Author and Historian, Is Dead at 87". The New York Times. Retrieved 2019-12-05.
- "The American Library in Paris Book Award Shortlist" Archived 2013-12-04 at the Wayback Machine. The American Library in Paris Book Award Archived 2013-03-12 at the Wayback Machine. The American Library in Paris. September 2013.
- Oral History with Marilyn Yalom, Stanford Historical Society Oral History Program, 1987.