Marilyn Yalom

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Marilyn Yalom
BornMarch 10, 1932
Chicago, Illinois, US
DiedNovember 20, 2019(2019-11-20) (aged 87)
Palo Alto, California, US
Spouse(s)Irvin Yalom
Academic background
Alma materWellesley College
Academic work
DisciplineHistory, Feminism, French studies
InstitutionsStanford University

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.[1][2] She served as the institute's director from 1984 to 1985.[3]

Life and work[edit]

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” 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.[3]

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

She died on November 20, 2019, from multiple myeloma,[5] a form of cancer that affects the bone marrow.

Awards and honors[edit]


  • 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).


  1. ^ Yalom, Marilyn. "Marilyn Yalom". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2017-08-11.
  2. ^ "Marilyn Yalom". HarperCollins US. Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Marilyn Yalom. Senior Scholar. Clayman Institute Director, 1984–1985". Retrieved 2017-08-11.
  4. ^ 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."
  5. ^ "Marilyn Yalom, Feminist Author and Historian, Is Dead at 87". Retrieved 2019-12-05.
  6. ^ "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.

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