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A mannered grace : the life of Laura (Riding) Jackson

Author: Elizabeth Friedmann
Publisher: New York : Persea Books, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"Laura (Riding) Jackson, poet and thinker, is one of the most important figures in twentieth-century American and British literature. She is also one of the most perplexing. With the publication of this long-awaited, authorized biography written by the woman she took into her confidence, Laura (Riding) Jackson can be seen for the first time in a clarifying light.".
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Laura (Riding) Jackson; Laura (Riding) Jackson
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Elizabeth Friedmann
ISBN: 0892553006 9780892553006
OCLC Number: 54356859
Notes: "A Karen and Michael Braziller book."
Description: xx, 571 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Preface --
Prologue --
I. My Self's Own Pegasus (1901-1929) / [Epigraphs] --
Chapter One. Nashville, 1924 --
Chapter Two. Forgotten Girlhood --
Chapter Three. Beloved Ithaca --
Chapter Four. Makeshift --
Chapter Five. Alastor --
Chapter Six. The Fugitives --
Chapter Seven. The Best Unknowns --
Chapter Eight. All In Love With All --
Chapter Nine. Vienna --
Chapter Ten. In Nineteen Twenty-Seven --
Chapter Eleven. Anarchism Is Not Enough --
Chapter Twelve. ÔGoodbye, Chaps' --
Chapter Thirteen. Celebration of Failure --
Chapter Fourteen. Here Beyond --
II. This Chosen Ambiguity (1929-1939) / [Epigraph] --
Chapter Fifteen. Not Heaven, but the Smallest Earth --
Chapter Sixteen. Canellun and Ca'n Torrent --
Chapter Seventeen. The Critical Vulgate --
Chapter Eighteen. The Road to the Cala --
Chapter Nineteen. Will He Be Grateful? --
Chapter Twenty. Portraits --
Chapter Twenty-one. Los Pequeûos --
Chapter Twenty-two. The Word ÔWoman' --
Chapter Twenty-three. Midsummer Duet --
Chapter Twenty-four. Friendship on Visit --
Chapter Twenty-five. The World and Ourselves --
Chapter Twenty-six. Politics and Poetry --
Chapter Twenty-seven. A Personal Letter, With A Request For A Reply --
Chapter Twenty-eight. Positive Capability --
Chapter Twenty-nine. ÔA Kind of Principia' --
III. The Different Light (1939-1991) / [Epigraph] --
Chapter Thirty. Schuyler --
Chapter Thirty-one. Joining Personal Meanings --
Chapter Thirty-two. In A Narrow Cage --
Chapter Thirty-three. Florida --
Chapter Thirty-four. Oranges and Definitions --
Chapter Thirty-five. A Valedictory Notification --
Chapter Thirty-six. Rational Meaning --
Chapter Thirty-seven. Introduction for a Broadcast --
Chapter Thirty-eight. The Sufficient Difference --
Chapter Thirty-nine. After So Much Loss --
Chapter Forty. Looking Back, Looking Forward --
Chapter Forty-one. Bad Magic --
Chapter Forty-two. Wabasso --
Afterword --
Notes [headed by abbreviations used for library and other archives, and certain correspondents] --
Index.
Responsibility: Elizabeth Friedmann.
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Abstract:

"Laura (Riding) Jackson, poet and thinker, is one of the most important figures in twentieth-century American and British literature. She is also one of the most perplexing. With the publication of this long-awaited, authorized biography written by the woman she took into her confidence, Laura (Riding) Jackson can be seen for the first time in a clarifying light.".

"Thought of primarily as a brilliant poet, (Riding) Jackson was awarded the prestigious Bollingen Prize in 1991, yet, paradoxically, she had renounced the writing of poetry more than forty years earlier. Literary figures such as Allen Tate, John Crowe Ransom, Ted Hughes, Robert Graves, and W. H. Auden praised her work and acknowledged her influence. Yet popularly she is known as Robert Graves's collaborator and muse, perhaps even the "White Goddess" of his well-known book of the same name, and as the woman who leapt from a high window out of love or jealousy. This and other episodes of her personal life have been exaggerated, misunderstood, and sensationalized in biographies, memoirs, a novel, and in the public consciousness.

Yet she devoted most of her life to Schuyler Jackson, the man she married - once Time magazine's poetry critic - with whom she ran a citrus business while they worked on Rational Meaning, a monumental study of language that she completed after his death and that was finally published after hers.".

"A Mannered Grace shows the straightforward purpose and intention of Laura (Riding) Jackson's life and work that has eluded so many. In vivid detail, Elizabeth Friedmann recreates the writer and her world - her Socialist family origins in New York, her rise to literary prominence in the 1920s and sojourn in Greenwich Village, her move to England where she began her thirteen-year relationship with Robert Graves, her activism during the Second World War and eventual return to the United States in the summer of 1939 when she and Graves parted, and her final years with Schuyler Jackson - until now largely untold - living in rural Florida, eschewing literary connections, but still writing.".

"Friedmann discusses (Riding) Jackson's many works within the context of her life, including those co-authored with Graves, and takes us into her diverse circle of friends in New York, London, Paris, and Mallorca that included Hart Crane, Gertrude Stein, and Virginia Woolf. Most importantly, she reveals what it was like to be a woman of exceptional gifts and scrupulous integrity in the literary world of the 1920s and 1930s - how Laura (Riding) Jackson responded to success and to sometimes insurmountable challenges."--BOOK JACKET.

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