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Warrior poet : a biography of Audre Lorde

Author: Alexis De Veaux
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, ©2004.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"During her lifetime, Audre Lorde (1934-1992) created a mythic identity for herself that retains its vitality to this day. Alexis De Veaux demystifies Lorde's iconic status, charting her childhood in Harlem in the conservative household of Caribbean-immigrant parents; her early marriage to a white, gay man with whom she had two children; her emergence as an outspoken, black, feminist, lesbian poet; and her  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographies
Named Person: Audre Lorde; Audre Lorde; Audre Lorde; Audre Lorde
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Alexis De Veaux
ISBN: 0393019543 9780393019544
OCLC Number: 53315369
Awards: Lambda Literary Award, 2004.
Stonewall Book Award Honor Book (American Library Association), 2005.
Description: xviii, 446 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: The first life --
I. "The transformation of silence ..." (1934-54) --
II. "Poetry is not a luxury" (1954-69) --
III. "Uses of the erotic ..." (1970-77) --
The second life --
I. "The black unicorn" (1978-83) --
II. "The marvelous arithmetics of distance" (1984-86).
Responsibility: Alexis De Veaux.
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"During her lifetime, Audre Lorde (1934-1992) created a mythic identity for herself that retains its vitality to this day. Alexis De Veaux demystifies Lorde's iconic status, charting her childhood in Harlem in the conservative household of Caribbean-immigrant parents; her early marriage to a white, gay man with whom she had two children; her emergence as an outspoken, black, feminist, lesbian poet; and her canonization as a seminal poet of American literature. Lorde's restless search for a spiritual home finally brought her to the island of St. Croix in 1986, where she died after a decade-long battle with breast cancer." "Drawing on the private archives of the poet's estate, personal journals, and interviews with members of Lorde's family, friends, and lovers, De Veaux asserts the cultural legacy of a woman who personified the defining civil rights struggles of the twentieth century. Lorde has become a symbol of literary success in American culture, not only for black women but also for African American artists, first-generation immigrants, feminists and lesbians, and cancer survivors. This biography is remarkable not just for being the first of its kind but also as an inspirational story of a courageous and truly free thinker, who made her voice heard despite the overwhelming majority and who left an indelible mark on American society. De Veaux pays homage to this warrior poet by detailing her strengths and her frailties, the humanity behind the icon."--Jacket.

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