Anna Quindlen to Retire Her Column

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By: E&P Staff

Syndicated columnist Anna Quindlen has announced she is retiring her column, which has been distributed by Universal Press Syndicate since October 1999.

A columnist at The New York Times from 1981 to 1994, Quindlen in 1990 became only the third woman in the Gray Lady’s history to write a regular column for its Op-Ed page when she began the nationally syndicated “Public and Private.”

Quindlen, a Pulitzer Prize winner (1992, for commentary), tells Newsweek: “I know the counterarguments, starting with the changing economic environment in which I have found myself making this decision. There are many of my fellow baby boomers who would love to retire but no longer can afford to do so. There are many who feel they have been pushed from their jobs by younger workers who are cheaper, and perhaps less able. …”

“But those thoughts are also balanced by my feeling that many of us of a certain age have had a great deal of difficulty with the concept of getting older.”

Quindlen joined the Times in 1977 as a general assignment reporter and became deputy metropolitan editor in 1983. She penned the “About New York” column from 1981 to 1983 and created the column “Life in the 30s” in 1985.

In 1995 Quindlen left newspapers to become a full-time novelist. Four years later, she returned to column writing when she took over the prestigious “Last Word” on the back page of Newsweek magazine.

She says she will continue to work as a novelist.

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