Amanda Cross


Birthday January 13, 1926

Birth Sign Capricorn

Birthplace New Jersey

DEATH DATE Oct 8, 2003 (77)

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An American mystery writer, academic, and feminist, she is best known for her Kate Fansler books, which focus on the adventures of an English professor. Her non-fiction works include Reinventing Womanhood and Writing a Woman's Life.

Before Fame

She graduated from Wellesley College in the late 1940s and subsequently taught English at Columbia University for over thirty years.


She was born Carolyn Gold; she published her mystery novels under the pen name of Amanda Cross.

Family Life

Her husband, James Heilbrun, was a professor at Fordham University. The couple had three children. Sadly, Amanda Cross (Carolyn Heilbrun) committed suicide in 2003.

Associated With

She taught at Columbia University, where writer Warren St. John once studied.