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Sharp : the women who made an art of having an opinion

Author: Michelle Dean
Publisher: New York : Grove Press, 2018. ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First edition.; First Grove Atlantic hardcover editionView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Nonfiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Dean, Michelle, 1979-
Sharp.
New York : Grove Press, 2018
(DLC) 2017059832
Named Person: Dorothy Parker; Rebecca West; Zora Neale Hurston; Hannah Arendt; Mary McCarthy; Susan Sontag; Pauline Kael; Joan Didion; Nora Ephron; Lillian Hellman; Renata Adler; Janet Malcolm; Renata Adler; Hannah Arendt; Joan Didion; Nora Ephron; Lillian Hellman; Zora Neale Hurston; Pauline Kael; Janet Malcolm; Mary McCarthy; Dorothy Parker; Susan Sontag; Rebecca West
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michelle Dean
ISBN: 9780802125095 0802125093 9780802129246 0802129242
OCLC Number: 1019834624
Description: xiii, 362 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Preface --
Parker --
West --
West & Hurston --
Arendt --
McCarthy --
Parker & Arendt --
Arendt & McCarthy --
Sontag --
Kael --
Didion --
Ephron --
Arendt & McCarthy & Hellman --
Adler --
Malcolm --
Afterword.
Responsibility: Michelle Dean.

Abstract:

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.

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