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Me: A Memoir

Me: A Memoir

by Brenda Ueland
     
 

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Brenda Ueland's passionate coming-of-age story, set in Minneapolis and Greenwich Village in the early part of the century, is the focus of this classic autobiography, first published to critical acclaim in 1939. Ueland, a strident individualist, early feminist, writer, and teacher, was one of seven children born in to an unconventional midwestern family. InMe

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Brenda Ueland's passionate coming-of-age story, set in Minneapolis and Greenwich Village in the early part of the century, is the focus of this classic autobiography, first published to critical acclaim in 1939. Ueland, a strident individualist, early feminist, writer, and teacher, was one of seven children born in to an unconventional midwestern family. InMe, her engaging anecdotes with friends, lovers, siblings and husbands include tales of her encounters with Norwegian explorer Fridtjof Nansen, with an anarchist named Raoul Hendricson who left her for Isadora Duncan, of brushings with Theodore Dreiser, Willa Cather, Eugene O"Neill and John Reed. Because she grew up in a era where the life of the mind was most important, Me is replete with Ueland's active wrestling with whatever author she reads, castigating herself with Nietzsche, soaring with Keats, and trying to apply Tolstoy, Chekhov and Shakespeare to her attitudes and daily behavior. Autobiographies tend to be tedious, arrogant, self-congratulatory, but Ueland's colorful, humorous disposition and intelligence prevent that. Me is a gush of life and a vivid record of growth.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780930100568
Publisher:
Holy Cow! Press
Publication date:
01/01/1996
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
364
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.75(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Brenda Ueland was born in Minneapolis in 1891 and grew up there. For many years of her adult life she lived in New York, working mostly as a freelance writer and disliking her work. Returning to Minneapolis, she began to teach writing in various community settings in the Twin Cities. She said of herself that she was born on Lake Calhoun "in a happier time before automobiles." Brenda Ueland was the author of three books, If You Want to Write, ME, and Strength to Your Sword Arm, many articles and short stories, and was a long-time teacher of writing. She was knighted by the King of Norway and set an international swimming record (for over-80-year-olds). She lived by two rules: to tell the truth, and not to do anything she didn't want to do. She died in 1985 at the age of 93.

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