Open main menu

Anne Roiphe (born December 25, 1935) is an American writer and journalist. She is best known as a first-generation feminist, and author of the novel Up The Sandbox (1970), which was filmed as a starring vehicle for Barbra Streisand in 1972.[1] In 1996, Salon called the book "a feminist classic."[2]

Anne Roiphe
Anne Roiphe at the Jewish Women's Archive awards luncheon in 2012
Anne Roiphe at the Jewish Women's Archive awards luncheon in 2012
BornAnne Roth
(1935-12-25) December 25, 1935 (age 83)
New York City
OccupationNovelist, Non-fiction writer, Essayist
Notable worksUp The Sandbox (1970), Fruitful: A Memoir (1996)
SpouseJack Richardson
Dr. Herman Roiphe
ChildrenKatie Roiphe
Emily Carter


Background and educationEdit

Roiphe was born and raised to a Jewish family in New York City.[3][4] She graduated from the Brearley School in 1953, and received her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College in 1957.


Over a four-decade career, Roiphe has proven so prolific that the critic Sally Eckhoff observed, "tracing Anne Roiphe's career often feels like following somebody through a revolving door: the requirements of keeping the pace can be trying."[2] (Eckhoff described the writer as "a free-thinking welter of contradictions, a never-say-die feminist who's absolutely nuts about children"). Roiphe published her first novel, Digging Out, in 1967. Her second, Up The Sandbox (1970), became a national best-seller and made the author's career.

Roiphe has since published seven novels and two memoirs, while contributing essays and reviews to The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, New York Magazine, and others. In 1993, The New York Times described her as "a writer who has never toed a party line, feminist or otherwise."[5] Her 1996 memoir Fruitful: A memoir of Modem Motherhood was nominated for the National Book Award.[6]

From 1997 to 2002, she served as a columnist for The New York Observer. Her memoir Epilogue was published in 2008, and another memoir, Art and Madness, in 2011. Her most recent book, Ballad of the Black and Blue Mind, was published by Seven Stories Press in May 2015,[7] and received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly [8] and Booklist.[9]


Roiphe was married twice. In 1957, she married Jack Richardson; they had one daughter, Emily Carter, before divorcing.[10][11] In 1967,[11] she married Dr. Herman Roiphe; they had two children together: Katie Roiphe[12] and Rebecca Roiphe[13] in addition to Herman's two daughters from a prior marriage, Margaret Marcovitz Roiphe and Jean Marcovitz Roiphe.[11]



  • Digging Out (1967) OCLC 1379123
  • Up The Sandbox (1970) ISBN 9780586037737, OCLC 877359915
  • Long Division (1972) ISBN 9780586039793, OCLC 16295613
  • Torch Song (1977) ISBN 9780451079015, OCLC 1007318829
  • Loving Kindness (1987) ISBN 9780446673884, OCLC 37109268
  • If You Knew Me (1993) OCLC 608019531
  • The Pursuit of Happiness (1991) ISBN 9780446363341, OCLC 26947510
  • Secrets of the City (2003) ISBN 9781400049455, OCLC 52341544
  • An Imperfect Lens (2006) ISBN 9781400082117, OCLC 859079333
  • Ballad of the Black and Blue Mind (2015) ISBN 9781609806088, OCLC 966092535




  1. ^ Thompson, Harold, The New York Times, "The Sandbox, With Streisand, Is A Joy," December 22, 1972.
  2. ^ a b Eckoff, Sally, Salon, "Fruitful," October 11, 1996.
  3. ^ Roiphe, Anne, 1185 Park Avenue, New York: The Free Press, 2000. p. 3
  4. ^ Roiphe, Anne (October 1, 2014). "My Jewish Feminism: A Memoir". Tablet Magazine.
  5. ^ Noble, Barbara Presley, The New York Times, "AT LUNCH WITH: Katie and Anne Roiphe; One Daughter's Rebellion Or Her Mother's Imprint?", November 10, 1993.
  6. ^ Cavajal, Doreen, The New York Times, "National Book Award Finalists Named," October 3, 1996.
  7. ^ "Ballad of the Black and Blue Mind | Seven Stories Press". Retrieved 2017-05-10.
  8. ^
  9. ^
  10. ^ Martin, Douglas (July 4, 2012). "Jack Richardson, New York Playwright, Is Dead at 78". The New York Times. Retrieved 6 July 2012.
  11. ^ a b c Korelitz, Seth. "Anne Roiphe b. 1935". Jewish Women's Archive. Retrieved March 18, 2019.
  12. ^ Noble, Barbara Presley (November 10, 1993). "At Lunch With: Katie and Anne Roiphe; One Daughter's Rebellion Or Her Mother's Imprint?". The New York Times.
  13. ^ "Rebecca Roiphe, Benjamin Gruenstein". The New York Times. January 18, 2004. Rebecca Roiphe, a daughter of Anne Roiphe and Dr. Herman Roiphe of Manhattan, was married last night to Benjamin Gruenstein, a son of Elaine Gruenstein, also of Manhattan, and the late Walter Gruenstein. Rabbi Haskel Lookstein performed the ceremony at the Angel Orensanz Center for the Arts in Manhattan

External linksEdit