Academic journal article Antipodes

Remembering Phyllis Edelson

Academic journal article Antipodes

Remembering Phyllis Edelson

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Phyllis Fahrie Edelson, who died in July 2016, was the founding book review editor of Antipodes. In her tenure from 1987 to 1994, she pioneered the wide range of reviews in different genres and categories that the journal still features today. Under Phyllis's editorship, large and small presses, national and regional writers and poets, novelists, and essayists were all treated with equal care and discernment. She established relations with writers such as John Kinsella, Peter Carey, and David Malouf that we still value today.

We at Antipodes are privileged that Phyllis gave us so much of her time in a wide-ranging life's work that included her career as an English professor at Pace, her editorship of a successful and long-in-print anthology of Australian literature, her loving marriage to Stuart, her enthusiasm for opera and museums, and the goodwill she occasioned from Nedlands and Pymble, on the one hand, to Chappaqua, on the other.

Phyllis was a trailblazer. She will be profoundly missed.

-Nicholas Birns

A founding member of AAALS, Phyllis Fahrie Edelson died on 2 July 2016. Professor of English and department chair at Pace University, she dedicated herself from the start to placing AAALS on solid organizational and legal foundations; she helped write the bylaws and personally took on the laborious application for nonprofit incorporation in New York (and, I believe, the cost of it as well). …

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