Heilbrun, Carolyn (b. Gold) (Amanda Cross, pen name)(1926– ) writer, teacher; born in East Orange, N.J. She studied at Wellesley (B.A. 1947) and Columbia University (M.A. 1951; Ph.D. 1959). She was a visiting lecturer and professor at many institutions, and taught English at Brooklyn College (1959–60) and Columbia (1960–93). She published scholarly works, but is best known as a writer of popular mystery novels featuring Kate Fansler, also an urban college professor, as seen in A Trap for Fools (1989).
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