Anne Sexton: The Last Summer

Anne Sexton: The Last Summer

by Anne Sexton
     
 

Striking photos of the alluring, defiant, and mesmerizing poet Anne Sexton-many published for the first time in this exclusive collection-taken during the last summer of her life, before her suicide on October 4, 1974

According to those who knew her best, Anne Sexton was always preparing for her death, almost like an Egyptian queen constructing her

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Striking photos of the alluring, defiant, and mesmerizing poet Anne Sexton-many published for the first time in this exclusive collection-taken during the last summer of her life, before her suicide on October 4, 1974

According to those who knew her best, Anne Sexton was always preparing for her death, almost like an Egyptian queen constructing her pyramid. She wanted to create the most poignant version of her life story, which would best serve as her monument after she was gone. She left behind a study filled with her papers, writings, and photographs.

On a photo assignment from Houghton Mifflin, Arthur Furst first met Anne Sexton in April 1974, just two months after she was revived (against her wishes) from a suicide attempt. Welcoming him into her life as a friend, Sexton entrusted Arthur Furst to capture her image over the last months of her life. Undoubtedly, she intended his photographs to become part of her legacy.

Anne Sexton: The Last Summer beautifully juxtaposes Furst's exclusive photos with letters and unpublished drafts of Sexton's poems written during the last months of her life, as well as previously unpublished letters to her daughters, giving unprecedented insight into the life of this legendary poet.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Arthur and Marilouise Kroker ( The Hysterical Male ) conclude their feminist-theory trilogy with 18 works grouped around the theme of the human body. Careening through leftist academic thought and street-tough life experience, it will appeal mainly to those whose White European Male gurus of choice are Marx, Derrida and Foucault and who believe that ``cultural fascism'' is the undisputed province of conservatives. Kathy Acker contemplates her experience of bodybuilding as an act that resists verbal language and yet constitutes a ``language of the body.'' Dianne Rothleder considers human reproduction as the fruit of capitalism, and finds that capital is like a virus: both ``latch onto living beings, penetrate them, and colonize them.'' Shannon Bell interviews a ``cross-gendered performance'' instructor, a transsexual whose goal is ``deconstructing gender'' and who blithely accepts inequality: ``at the bottom of anyone's transgender heap is the closet case who puts on his wife's panties when she is away.'' Carel Rowe offers an effective reading of Peter Greenaway's films, concluding that although female characters are humiliated, they ``learn more, develop more and, ultimately, prevail'' over men. Illustrations not seen by PW. (Oct.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312265533
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
11/25/2000
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
8.23(w) x 10.32(h) x 0.67(d)

Meet the Author

Arthur Furst's career in photography has spanned forty years, and has included sessions with such poets as Allen Ginsberg and Denise Levertov. He lives in Norfolk, Massachusetts, with his wife and two sons.

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