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Book Title: On Lies, Secrets, and Silence: Selected Prose 1966-1978|
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 36.29 MB
v The author of the book: Adrienne Rich
Edition: W. W. Norton & Company
Date of issue: April 1st 1979
ISBN 13: 9780393009422
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Read full description of the books On Lies, Secrets, and Silence: Selected Prose 1966-1978:In this book, one of America's foremost poets and feminist theorists collects her most important prose writings. On Lies, Secrets, and Silence is an extraordinary sort of travel diary, documenting Rich's lifetime journeys to the frontier and into the interior. It traces the development of one individual consciousness, "playing over such issues as motherhood, racism, history, poetry, the uses of scholarship, the politics of language." It "affirms the potentiality of a lesbian/feminism which extends the meaning of women's love for women to a political vision that touches every nerve ending of society."
Since, by it's nature, Rich's journey has not been linear, she has written a headnote for each essay, briefly discussing the circumstances of its writing. "I find in myself both severe and tender thoughts toward the women I have been, whose thoughts I find here."
Read information about the authorAdrienne Rich (b. 1929). Born to a middle-class family, Rich was educated by her parents until she entered public school in the fourth grade. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Radcliffe College in 1951, the same year her first book of poems, A Change of World, appeared. That volume, chosen by W. H. Auden for the Yale Series of Younger Poets Award, and her next, The Diamond Cutters and Other Poems (1955), earned her a reputation as an elegant, controlled stylist.
In the 1960s, however, Rich began a dramatic shift away from her earlier mode as she took up political and feminist themes and stylistic experimentation in such works as Snapshots of a Daughter-in-Law (1963), The Necessities of Life (1966), Leaflets (1969), and The Will to Change (1971). In Diving into the Wreck (1973) and The Dream of a Common Language (1978), she continued to experiment with form and to deal with the experiences and aspirations of women from a feminist perspective.
In addition to her poetry, Rich has published many essays on poetry, feminism, motherhood, and lesbianism. Her recent collections include An Atlas of the Difficult World (1991) and Dark Fields of the Republic: Poems 1991-1995 (1995).
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