Good Boys and Dead Girls: And Other Essays

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In 28 captivating, provocative, iconoclastic essays and reviews (all but the title piece previously published), novelist Gordon ( Final Payments ) describes her pregnancy, visits Marilyn Monroe's grave and gives a feminist reading of American literature from Faulkner to Updike. Growing up Catholic--her mother Irish-Italian, her father a right-wing Jewish intellectual who for a while posed as a Presbyterian--Gordon found salvation in art. She analyzes Irish-American puritanism as ``a desire to hide for self-protection.'' Her cultural criticism ranges widely, from East German novelist Christa Wolf to Mary Cassatt, Edith Wharton, Stevie Smith and Ford Madox Ford, whom she admires greatly. Two sensitive pieces probe the moral and psychological complexities of abortion. With her uncanny powers of observation, Gordon's combative, generous, witty essays embody a clear-eyed vision of what counts in literature and in life. (Apr.)
Library Journal
Gordon's highly acclaimed first novel, Final Payments ( LJ 3/15/78), earned her the appellation ``Catholic writer,'' but her viewpoint is broader. As a novelist she has chosen to approach the topics of female spirituality, self-definition, and creativity. All the essays presented here were previously published (12 in The New York Times Book Review ), with the exception of the title essay. In this essay, which sets the tone of the section ``On Writers and Writing,'' she admonishes mainstream male writers (e.g., Dreiser, Faulkner, Updike) for distorting the role of female characters. Subsequent essays treat us to her unique insight into the craft of writing and illustrate her interest in those who concur with her view of approach to character portrayal (e.g. Woolf, O'Connor, Wharton). The remaining pieces express her stance as a pro-choice feminist, practicing Catholic, artist, and mother. She is not afraid to dispel myths as related to Catholicism, literature, or personal experience. Recommended for public and academic library literature collections. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 12/90.--Mary Ellen Beck, Troy P.L., N.Y.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780670825677
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/1991
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 1.00 (w) x 1.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Gordon
Mary Gordon
The McIntosh Professor of English at Bamard College, Mary Gordon is the author of several acclaimed novels that deal with the conflicts facing modern women, including Spending and Pearl, as well as a stirring memoir about her father, The Shadow Man.

Biography

Mary Gordon is the author of the novels The Love of My Youth, Spending, The Company of Women, and The Rest of Life, as well as the memoir The Shadow Man. She has received a Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Writer's Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the 1997 O. Henry Award for best short story. She teaches at Barnard College and lives in New York City.

Author biography courtesy of Random House, Inc.

Good To Know

Some interesting outtakes from our interview with Gordon:

"I don't have any great first job tales: I‘ve never worked on a tramp steamer or in a coal mine or anything like that. I think the inspiration for my writing came largely from my father and the joy that life in books represented to me."

"I love dancing; I adore salsa dancing and wish I could be in a Broadway chorus."

"I could not write without my dog, Rhoda, a Lab-chow mix."

"I would trade any writerly success if it would mean my children would be happy."

"I hate George Bush, John Ashcroft, Rumsfeld, and Cheney. I hate bullies. I hate people who say, ‘It's so fun,' and say, 'literally,' when they mean, ‘figuratively.' "

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    1. Also Known As:
      Mary Gilmour
    2. Hometown:
      New York, New York
    1. Date of Birth:
      December 8, 1949
    2. Place of Birth:
      New York, New York
    1. Education:
      A.B., Barnard College, 1971; M.A., Syracuse University, 1973

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