August 8 is Sharon Spencer's birthday
SHARON SPENCER, a memorial issue
EDUCATION PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
My appointment at M.S.C. was in 1971. In 1976 I became a Professor, the first woman to attain this rank in the English Department since 1908 when a woman became the Principal of the Normal School and was promoted accordingly.
HONORS AND AWARDS
Tuition Scholarships (both undergraduate and graduate) New York University
Alumni Grant Summer Stipend (1982) for translating Egyptian author Andree Chedid's novel Le Sommeil delivre from French to From Sleep Unbound (The Swallow Press, 1983).
Two New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowships in Creative Writing (1981--1982 and 1985--1986).
National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar, mmajor Topics in Asian Civilizations," Columbia University (1986).
In the 1980s three of my short stories were awarded prizes. The most distinguished was a PEN/National Endowment for the Arts Syndicated Fiction Prize (1983).
Space, Time and Structure in the Modern Novel, New York University Press, 1971; paperback, The Swallow Press, 1974,
The Space Between, a novel, Harper and Row, 1973; British Isles publication, Hamish-Hamilton, Inc., 1974.
Collage of Dreams: The Writings of Anais Nin, The Swallow Press, 1977; paperback, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich (a Harvest Book), 1981.
Ellis Island Then and Now, short story collection with black and white photographs by Dennis Toner, Lincoln Springs Press, Franklin Lakes, N. ill 1988, (Supported by a Summer Stipend awarded in 1987 by the SBR Committee.)
From Sleep Unbound, a translation from the French (Le Sommeil delivre), Andree Chedid, The Swallow Press/Ohio University Press at Athens, Ohio, 1983.
Anais- Art and Artists, edited by myself, a collection of essays, The Penkevill Press, Greenwood, Florida, 1985.
Wire Rims, a novel, Heinemann Educational Books (Nigeria) in association with Africana Legacy Press, 1995.
Dance of the Ariadnes, a novel, Sky Blue Press, Huntington, Michigan, 1998.
I have published forty short stories, The following magazines are representative of those in which my stories have appeared: Ovez Review (Roosevelt University, Chicago); The Croton Review; The MississiT)pi Review; Paintbrush: Calyx; Nightsun; Crosscurrents; Welter (University of Baltimore, Md.); Plainswoman; Sibyl-Child, and Woman SI)irit.
Stories that Have Won Awards:
"The Nothing That Never Ends." selected as Second Annual fiction Award winner, Crosscurrents (1982).
"Jelena's Story,-' First Honorable Mention, Reed Smith Fiction Competition, Amelia (1985).
'Towers of Skulls," selected as a winner by the PEN syndicated
Fiction Project (1983), published in Crosscurrents, A Quarterly (Summer, 1986),
"Towers of Skulls And Other Stories" was a runner-up in Amelia's competition for a story collection to publish (1988), Although the individual stories have been published, the collection has not.
Another story collection "Paris, Merida" was supported by a Career Development Award,
I have published more than sixty essays and review-essays on modern fiction, relationships among the arts and literature, and psychological issues and fiction, Representative journals are: Contemporary Literature; The Harvard Advocate; Book Forum; Studies in the Twentiet -Century; Women's Studies; The American Book Review; Symposium; L'Esiorit Createur; American Writing Today Forum Series published by the Voice of America); The Psychoanalytic Review; Journal of the Otto Rank Association; The Review of Contemporary Fiction; The Latin American Review; Twentieth Century Literature,
Among the authors I have studied and written about are Djuna Barnes, Jorge Luis Borges, Colette, Julio Cortazar, Alfred Doeblin, Ariel Dorfman, John Dos Passos, Marguerite Duras, Lawrence Durrell, Andre Gide, John Hawkes, Hermann Hesse, Doris Lessing, Thomas Ma=, Jean Rhys, Virginia Woolf, Marguerite Young, Recently my professional curricular interests have shifted from Europe to Africa, Asia and the Caribbean. I regularly study, teach and write about a wide variety of international authors.
However, my specialization is the writings of the French-born Cuban writer (eventually, U. S. citizen) Anais Nin; I have authored a critical study of her writings, Collage of Dreams, edited a "celebration" of the author and her creations, Anais:Art and Artist, and have published many articles about the nature and significance of Nin's writings. I wrote The Sunday New York Times Book Review of The Early Diary of Anais Nin, Volume Four, 1927-1931; my essay "The Music of the Womb: Anais Nin's Feminine Writing" was published in Breaking the Sequence: Women's Experimental Fiction, Princeton University Press, 198 (paperback edition, 1992). Reviewing Collage of Dreams, J, S, Atherton, editor of The London Times Literary Suipplement, wrote: [it] * * . immediately takes first place in the list of critical works about Anais Nin." The current revival of interest in Nin's writings has led to my being recently invited to contribute four articles to various collections of critical essays and memoirs, as well as a long review-essay of books about Nin; this will be published in 1998 on the Nin Website originating in Chicago.