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Alison Bechdel

Author of Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic

36+ Works 16,032 Members 548 Reviews 93 Favorited

About the Author

Disambiguation Notice:

Originator of the Bechdel test, a measure of the representation of women in fiction. -Nevov

Image credit: Photo by Greg Martin

Series

Works by Alison Bechdel

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic (2006) 8,182 copies
Dykes to Watch Out For (1986) 500 copies
More Dykes to Watch Out For (1988) 374 copies
Post-Dykes to Watch Out For (2000) 290 copies

Associated Works

The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2007 (2007) — Contributor — 617 copies
The Best American Comics 2006 (2006) — Contributor — 532 copies
Stuck Rubber Baby (1995) — Introduction, some editions — 522 copies
State by State: A Panoramic Portrait of America (2008) — Contributor — 518 copies
The Best American Comics 2007 (2007) — Contributor — 383 copies
Unpacking My Library: Writers and Their Books (2011) — Contributor — 380 copies
The Best American Comics 2008 (2008) — Contributor — 298 copies
The Penguin Book of Lesbian Short Stories (1993) — Contributor — 298 copies
The New American Splendor Anthology (1991) — Illustrator — 227 copies
No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics (2012) — Contributor — 172 copies
Dyke Strippers: Lesbian Cartoonists from A to Z (1995) — Contributor — 111 copies
The Best American Comics 2013 (2013) — Contributor — 104 copies
The Art of Jaime Hernandez: The Secrets of Life and Death (2010) — Introduction — 98 copies
Charlotte Brontë before Jane Eyre (2019) — Foreword — 79 copies
Love Letters: Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West (2021) — Introduction, some editions — 74 copies
Tomboys!: Tales of Dyke Derring-Do (1995) — Contributor — 70 copies
Transposes (1602) — Foreword — 64 copies
Attitude 2: The New Subversive Alternative Cartoonists (2004) — Contributor — 49 copies
Juicy Mother: Celebration (2004) — Contributor — 45 copies
The Complete Wimmen's Comix (2016) — Contributor — 43 copies
Juicy Mother 2: How They Met (No. 2) (2007) — Contributor — 26 copies
The Best Contemporary Women's Humor (1994) — Contributor — 25 copies
Sinister Wisdom 31 (1987) — Contributor — 7 copies
The Comics Journal #237 (2001) — Interviewee — 5 copies

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Common Knowledge

Legal name
Bechdel, Alison
Birthdate
1960-09-10
Gender
female
Nationality
USA
Birthplace
Beech Creek, Pennsylvania, USA
Places of residence
Lock Haven, Pennsylvania, USA
Burlington, Vermont, USA
St. Paul, Minnesota, USA
New York, New York, USA
Education
Oberlin College (1981)
Bard College
Simon's Rock College
Occupations
cartoonist
author
Awards and honors
MacArthur Fellowship (2014)
Short biography
Bechdel began keeping a journal at age ten. She is married to Holly Rae Taylor.
Disambiguation notice
Originator of the Bechdel test, a measure of the representation of women in fiction. -Nevov

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Alison Bechdel's desert island top 10 in Other People's Libraries (February 2016)

Reviews

I always feel a little dumb after reading one of Bechdel's novels. This one, especially.

While I got the gist of things, the constant psychological connections Bechdel makes from what she's read to moments in her life threw me off, because I just didn't understand what the hell they were saying.
 
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owlbeyourfriend | 99 other reviews | Apr 24, 2024 |
A truly moving memoir that effortlessly weaves the art and the story together. I was very impressed with the technical skill and the beauty of the drawing. The story too manages to be both tragic and in some ways uplifting in the end. An amazing portrait of the intricate complexities of families and growing up.
 
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rknickme | 367 other reviews | Mar 31, 2024 |
I read Bechdel's previous graphic novel Fun Home about two years ago and loved its delightfully complex weaving of narratives from the past and present. Are You My Mother took that complexity and upped it by like 500%. Bechdel must have enabled herself to become totally neurotic in order to create this masterful piece of memoir/psychological analysis. Due to the insane amount of information packed in, it should by all means be a dumpstire fire. But it's not, and it's going to take me another 4 read-throughs to fully appreciate that.… (more)
 
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boopingaround | 99 other reviews | Mar 6, 2024 |
I wish I liked this collection more than I did, as a fan of Bechdel's work in general, and also because cishet dudes were being such assholes about the stories in it being "feminist homosexual propaganda". They're not, broadly speaking--I would have liked it better if they were, probably.
 
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localgayangel | 6 other reviews | Mar 5, 2024 |

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Works
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Popularity
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Rating
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Reviews
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ISBNs
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Favorited
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