Sarah Miriam Schulman (born July 28, 1958, in New York City) is an American novelist, historian and playwright. An early chronicler of the AIDS crisis, she was one of the first to write on AIDS and social issues, publishing in The Village Voice in the early 1980s, and writing the first piece on AIDS and the homeless, which appeared in The Nation.
Sarah Schulman is the author of twelve published works: nine novels, two nonfiction books, and a play.
Schulman's early novels were set in the artistic, bohemian, lesbian subculture of the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Books such as The Sophie Horowitz Story, Girls, Visions and Everything were published by small presses. After Delores was published by E. P. Dutton in 1988, and received a favorable review in The New York Times,, was translated into 8 languages, and was awarded a American Library Association Stonewall Book Award in 1989.
Schulman's subsequent novel, 1990's People in Trouble described the life of AIDS activists. In 1992, Empathy was released, an experimental novel about lesbian existence. The 1995 novel Rat Bohemia was listed as one of the 100 best lesbian and gay novels by The Publishing Triangle. Her 1998 historical novel, Shimmer was set in New York City during the McCarthy era features a black male protagonist and a white lesbian protagonist.
Her two nonfiction books are: My American History: Lesbian and Gay Life During The Reagan/Bush Years (Routledge, 1995) - a collection of journalism that begins before Reagan's election in 1980 and provides on-going coverage as the AIDS crisis began, includes some very rare information about the early days of the AIDS crisis, which Schulman covered for a range of newspapers and magazines.
Sarah Schulman's Writings