Historical drama Contemporary drama
New York City
April 22, 1923
The Slave Dancer: A Novel
Paula Fox “is conscious that in a complicated and changing society it is hard for the generations to live together satisfactorily,” John Rowe Townsend wrote. “In her books the 'good' grown-ups are the flexible ones who appreciate the variousness of things and people.”
She “is an unusually perceptive writer who has a remarkable ability to portray a world as it exclusively appears through the eyes of a youthful protagonist,” Marilyn Kaye asserted. “She captures the intensity of young emotions through carefully crafted stories which unravel with a quiet precision, and ultimately culminate in some newfound wisdom.”
Fox's father, a writer, worked in the 1920s as a “play fixer.” He traveled with road shows to try to improve scripts as programs were ready to open. He also wrote plays of his own, eventually joining a group of writers and actors who started the Provincetown Theater in Massachusetts. Later, he and his wife, Elsie (de Sola) Fox, went to Hollywood to work for MGM. Then they moved to England to work for Gaumont Studios.
Paula Fox did not see much of her parents. She was raised until age six by a Congregational minister who lived with his invalid mother near the Hudson River. Fox later lived in California and on a