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Sharp : the women who made an art of having an opinion / Michelle Dean.

Author/Creator:
Dean, Michelle, 1979- author.
Edition:
First edition.
First Grove Atlantic hardcover edition.
Publication:
New York : Grove Press, 2018. , ©2018
Format/Description:
Book
xiii, 362 pages ; 24 cm
Subjects:
Parker, Dorothy, 1893-1967.
West, Rebecca, 1892-1983.
Hurston, Zora Neale.
Arendt, Hannah, 1906-1975.
McCarthy, Mary, 1912-1989.
Sontag, Susan, 1933-2004.
Kael, Pauline.
Didion, Joan.
Ephron, Nora.
Hellman, Lillian, 1905-1984.
Adler, Renata.
Malcolm, Janet.
American literature -- Women authors -- History and criticism.
Women authors, American -- 20th century -- Political and social views.
American literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Literary Figures.
LITERARY COLLECTIONS / Women Authors.
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies.
Form/Genre:
Biographies.
Nonfiction.
Summary:
The ten brilliant women who are the focus of Sharp came from different backgrounds and had vastly divergent political and artistic opinions. But they all made a significant contribution to the cultural and intellectual history of America and ultimately changed the course of the twentieth century, in spite of the men who often undervalued or dismissed their work. These ten women--Dorothy Parker, Rebecca West, Hannah Arendt, Mary McCarthy, Susan Sontag, Pauline Kael, Joan Didion, Nora Ephron, Renata Adler, and Janet Malcolm--are united by what Dean calls "sharpness," the ability to cut to the quick with precision of thought and wit. Sharp is a vibrant depiction of the intellectual beau monde of twentieth-century New York, where gossip-filled parties at night gave out to literary slugging-matches in the pages of the Partisan Review or the New York Review of Books. It is also a passionate portrayal of how these women asserted themselves through their writing in a climate where women were treated with extreme condescension by the male-dominated cultural establishment. Mixing biography, literary criticism, and cultural history, Sharp is a celebration of this group of extraordinary women, an engaging introduction to their works, and a testament to how anyone who feels powerless can claim the mantle of writer, and, perhaps, change the world. -- Provided by publisher.
The ten brilliant women who are the focus of Sharp came from different backgrounds and had vastly divergent political and artistic opinions. But they all made a significant contribution to the cultural and intellectual history of America and ultimately changed the course of the twentieth century, in spite of the men who often undervalued or dismissed their work. These ten women--Dorothy Parker, Rebecca West, Hannah Arendt, Mary McCarthy, Susan Sontag, Pauline Kael, Joan Didion, Nora Ephron, Renata Adler, and Janet Malcolm--are united by what Dean calls "sharpness," the ability to cut to the quick with precision of thought and wit. Sharp is a vibrant depiction of the intellectual beau monde of twentieth-century New York, where gossip-filled parties at night gave out to literary slugging-matches in the pages of the Partisan Review or the New York Review of Books. It is also a passionate portrayal of how these women asserted themselves through their writing in a climate where women were treated with extreme condescension by the male-dominated cultural establishment. Mixing biography, literary criticism, and cultural history, Sharp is a celebration of this group of extraordinary women, an engaging introduction to their works, and a testament to how anyone who feels powerless can claim the mantle of writer, and, perhaps, change the world. -- Provided by publisher.
Contents:
Preface
Parker
West
West & Hurston
Arendt
McCarthy
Parker & Arendt
Arendt & McCarthy
Sontag
Kael
Didion
Ephron
Arendt & McCarthy & Hellman
Adler
Malcolm
Afterword.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Local notes:
Athenaeum copy: Schneidman Fund bookplate.
Other format:
Online version: Dean, Michelle, 1979- Sharp.
ISBN:
9780802125095
0802125093
OCLC:
1019834624
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