Grace Paley

Grace Paley At 19, Grace Paley left Hunter College to marry Jess Paley, a successful cinematographer.   They had two children. Grace raised them while her husband traveled for work most of the time.   The  marriage fizzled, but she found her voice as a writer and at 37 published her first collection of stories. She did not  formally divorce until she married again -this time to fellow writer , landscape architect and poet Robert Nichols in 1971.

“If I hadn’t spent that time in the playground, I wouldn’t have written a lot of those stories. That’s pretty much how I lived. And then we had our normal family life—struggles and hard times. That takes up a lot of time, hard times. Uses up whole days.”