Gayle Pemberton


Gayle Pemberton was born in St. Paul, Minnesota. She holds a B.A. degree in English from the University of Michigan and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in English and American Literature and Language from Harvard University. She is the author of The Hottest Water in Chicago: Notes of a Native Daughter and numerous essays on American literature and culture. A former Guggenheim Foundation, W. E. B. Du Bois Institute and Ford Foundation fellow, Pemberton is Professor of English Emerita at Wesleyan University. She lives in Massachusetts with her Welsh Terrier, Ella.

Selected Works

“Luminous social history, at once familiar and transcendent”
Publishers Weekly
Casual encounters between black and white women reveal deep and vexing cultural issues.
Down and out in Los Angeles, Pemberton reflects on family memories, and the only black character in Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window.

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