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Grace Paley was born in New York City in 1922. She studied at Hunter College and New York University. In the 1950s she turned from writing poetry to short fiction. Her first book of stories, The Little Disturbances of Man appeared in 1959. During the 1960s and 1970s Paley was prominent as a nonviolent activist protesting the Vietnam War. She served as secretary of the Greenwich Village Peace Center, spent time in jail for her antiwar activities, and visited Hanoi and Moscow as a member of peace delegations. Paley was also active in the antinuclear movement. In 1974 her second volume of stories, Enormous Changes at the Last Minute, was published. Her third book of stories, Later the Same Day, appeared in 1985. In 1988 she was designated the first official New York State Author by an act of the state legislature. Grace Paley died in Vermont in August 2007.
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