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Carolyn Gold Heilbrun, better known as Amanda Cross, is one of the most famous feminist crime writers. After graduating from Wellesley College in 1947, she took a masters and a doctorate in English at Columbia in 1951 and 1959. Her first job was teaching at Brooklyn College but she soon moved to Columbia University. Here Heilbrun was first professor of English in 1972 and then Avalon Foundation professor of humanities in 1986. Over the years she has been visiting lecturer, president of the Modern Language Association, editor of Columbia University Press's Gender and Culture Series, received many fellowships and awarded honorary doctorates. She first introduced her series character Kate Fensler, a feminist middle-aged literature professor at a University in Manhattan, in 1964 with In the Last Analysis. Despite much critical acclaim, especially Death in a Tenured Position which won the Nero Wolfe award in 1981, her career as writer has only been moderately successful generating a niche audience. She currently lives in New York.

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