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The first comprehensive biography of Adrienne Rich, feminist and queer icon and internationally revered National Book Award-winning poet.

Adrienne Rich was the female face of American poetry for decades. Her forceful, uncompromising writing has more than stood the test of time, and the life of the woman behind the words is equally impressive. Motivated by personal revelations, Rich transformed herself from a traditional, Radcliffe-educated lyric poet and married mother of three sons into a path-breaking lesbian-feminist author of prose as well as poetry. In doing so, she emerged as both architect and exemplar of the modern feminist movement, breaking ranks to denounce the male-dominated literary establishment and paving the way for the many queer women of letters to take their places in the cultural mainstream. Drawing on a wealth of unpublished materials, including Rich's correspondence and in-depth interviews with numerous people who knew her, Hilary Holladay digs deep into never-before-accessed sources to portray Rich in full dimension and vivid, human detail.

©2020 Hilary Holladay (P)2020 Random House Audio

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  • 05-12-2020

Superior scholarship that's easy to read

Ms. Holladay tackled a difficult subject. She directed criticism when needed. She made few excuses for Adrienne Rich’s challenging personality. She expertly analyzed her work. She provided multiple points of view on Ms. Rich at every stage of her life. She didn’t make big leaps based on the content of the source material. Her tone drew me in, and it never strayed from the perfect mix of scholarly and readable. In truth, there’s nothing I would change

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