Alone! Alone!: Lives of Some Outsider Women

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In the 30 years she has spent writing about psychology, child development, biography, and fiction, Rosemary Dinnage has examined a variety of odd and accomplished women, all of whom in one way or another lived their lives apart from their contemporaries. Here are solitary figures like Gwen John, Simone Weil, and Barbara Pym; muses and partners of dominant men, like Clementine Churchill and Giuseppina Verdi; survivors such as Isak Dinesen, Doris Lessing, and Rebecca West; and other extraordinary talents including ...
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New York, New York, U.S.A. 2004 Hard Cover New in New jacket 5 1/2 x 8 1/2. Examines the lives of the famous, the infamous, and the unknown women who led solitary lives or who, ... in one way or another, felt powerfully alone. Covers a wide range of backgrounds and lives over a large period of time. Read more Show Less

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Overview

In the 30 years she has spent writing about psychology, child development, biography, and fiction, Rosemary Dinnage has examined a variety of odd and accomplished women, all of whom in one way or another lived their lives apart from their contemporaries. Here are solitary figures like Gwen John, Simone Weil, and Barbara Pym; muses and partners of dominant men, like Clementine Churchill and Giuseppina Verdi; survivors such as Isak Dinesen, Doris Lessing, and Rebecca West; and other extraordinary talents including writers Katherine Mansfield, Iris Murdoch, and Anita Brookner.
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Sherie Posesorski
In these nuanced biographical pieces (all previously published), Dinnage adeptly characterizes the solitary essence of a wide-ranging group of women, including Katherine Mansfield, Simone Weil, Gwen John and Isak Dinesen.
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The subtitle is key to understanding Dinnage's compulsively readable new book. Not a comprehensive treatise on the subject of woman as outsider, it instead contains pieces on unique women who caught Dinnage's attention. Dinnage (Annie Besant) divides the text into sections covering a wide array of figures, from Stevie Smith ("Solitary") to Clementine Churchill ("Partner and Muse") to Isak Dinesen ("Reinventor"), with a few composite chapters and two sections on topics, not individuals. But this is a loose grouping the "Exotics" section, for example, covers Enid Blyton and then moves on to a chapter on prostitutes. Dinnage's reflections turn already compelling biographical material into thought-provoking, intriguing sketches. Her choices might seem odd, yet Dinnage connects these utterly separate women in a frank, personable style that succeeds equally in conveying both the humor and the tragedy in her subjects' lives. The book is dutifully footnoted and academically solid yet is also beautifully written, marked with great feeling and vivid flashes of insight. It cannot fail to enrich a collection. Highly recommended. Audrey Snowden, Brewer, ME Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Table of Contents

1 Amorous and proud : Gwen John 3
2 Black sequins and seaweed : Stevie Smith 19
3 Vicarage passions : Barbara Pym 29
4 Feeding on light : Simone Weil 37
5 Silenced : Nadia 51
6 Holding the baby : Clementine Churchill 61
7 Echoes : Ottoline Morrell 73
8 Flag bearer : Dora Russell 79
9 La Strepponi : Giuseppina Verdi 87
10 Famishment : Stosslova, Abba 97
11 Sheltering : Olive Schreiner 107
12 Scallywag & Co. : Blavatsky and Besant 117
13 Is it real? : Ruth 131
14 Benign spells : witches 139
15 Soppists and sapphists : Brazil and Blyton 157
16 Down to work : prostitutes 171
17 Innocent, unstoppable : Marie Stopes 179
18 Eadie or Eddie? : Patrick White 189
19 Satan laughed : Isak Dinesen 199
20 Almost queenly : Rebecca West 211
21 Great space and tundra : Slater, Jamison, Millett, France, Ferguson 229
22 Conspicuous gallantry : Margaret Oliphant 243
23 Her own straitjacket : Alice James 253
24 An ice-cold wreath : Katherine Mansfield 267
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