Carla Grissmann


Carla Grissmann Brief Biography

Carla Grissmann (Chicago, September 2, 1928 - London, February 15, 2011) was an American humanitarian, who worked as a writer, an educational reformer in Sri Lanka, and a keeper of antiquaries in Afghanistan. She is best known for her memoir Dinner of Herbs.

She grew up in Geneva, Berlin and Bronxville, New York, then worked as an assistant editor on the magazine Realites in Paris. Next she taught in Tangier, where she became friends with John Hopkins and Paul and Jane Bowles; then she became a researcher in Tunis, and afterwards a journalist for the Jerusalem Post in Israel. She spent a year in a Turkish village, which was the material for her memoir Dinner of Herbs (2001; new edition by Eland 2016).

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