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Nancy Y. Hoffman
St. John Fisher College (Rochester, NY 14618-3597)

Violet Weingarten: Half a Loaf, Half a Voice

To write a study of the literary development of Violet Weingarten (1916-1976), who wrote her first novel in 1968. Her fiction dealt with the dilemmas facing modern, middle-aged women: loneliness, generational conflict, the empty "successes" of women in the professions, the infidelities of a financially successful, middle- aged husband. Weingarten kept a diary of her two final years, when she learned she had cancer. She also wrote and published her last novel, Half a Marriage, about her husband's affair, and the first five chapters of a book about a woman with cancer. This study will examine Weingarten's movement for detachment to involvement to abandonment in her four published novels; it will then compare her response to her death sentence in her fiction and non-fiction.

Project fields:
American Literature

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Total amounts:
$2,500 (approved)
$2,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/1978 – 8/31/1978