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Liza Crihfield Dalby (born 1950) is an American anthropologist and novelist specializing in Japanese culture.
Total Books: 26
She is a 1972 graduate of Swarthmore College, receiving her Masters in 1974 and her Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1978. The title of her dissertation is The Institution of the Geisha in Modern Japanese Society. Upon receiving her Ph.D. she accepted her first teaching position at the University of Chicago. She is married to Michael Dalby, managing director of Stylus LLC. They have 3 children: Marie, Owen and Chloë, and live in Berkeley, California.
In 1975 she went to Japan on a Fulbright scholarship to research geisha for her Ph.D. thesis. Her book Geisha (filmed as American Geisha) is based on her experiences with the geisha community in Kyoto's Pontoch?.
Her experience in the geisha community led her to serve as a consultant for Arthur Golden's novel Memoirs of a Geisha, as well as its 2005 adaptation starring Zhang Ziyi. Golden acknowledges her assistance in the novel and describes her as "the only American woman ever to become a geisha."