Sylvia Molloy – The Suffolk Times

Sylvia Molloy of Southold and Manhattan died on July 14, 2022. She was 83.

Born August 19, 1938 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Molloy grew up speaking English, French and Spanish. After obtaining a doctorate in comparative literature from the Sorbonne, Paris, in 1967, she embarked on a distinguished career in the United States as a researcher, writer, teacher and critic. She was a professor of Spanish at Yale and Princeton universities, where she was among the first women to be tenured, in 1974. At New York University, she held the Albert Schweitzer Professorship in the Humanities, taking her retirement in 2010. In 2007 at NYU, she established the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing in Spanish, the first program of its kind in the United States

Former president in 2001 of the Modern Language Association of America, she was a member of the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Social Science Research Council and the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, in Umbria, Italy, in 2003.

Molloy was the author of 22 works of criticism, memoir and fiction, published mostly in Spanish, including critical studies of Hispanic literature and writers such as Jorge Luis Borges and the Ocampo sisters, Victoria and Silvina; essays on gender and sexuality; anthologies on autobiography and women’s writing in Latin America; short stories; and two novels.

Residing in Southold since 1991 with Emily Geiger, his partner and wife of 41 years, who survives him, Molloy was a great lover and protector of stray cats, dogs, ducks and chickens, and a creator of delicious desserts.

She is also honored and mourned by two nephews, Regis and Benoit Glorieux of Montreal, Canada; legions of friends; and dedicated students across Latin America, Europe and the United States

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