Education of a Woman: The Life of Gloria Steinem

Education of a Woman: The Life of Gloria Steinem

by Carolyn G. Heilbrun
     
 

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From one of America's most respected critics comes an acclaimed biography of the controversial feminist. Here, Heilbrun illuminates the life and explores the many facets of Steinem's complex life, from her difficult childhood to the awakening that changed her into the most famous feminist in the world. Intimate and insightful, here is a biography that is as… See more details below

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From one of America's most respected critics comes an acclaimed biography of the controversial feminist. Here, Heilbrun illuminates the life and explores the many facets of Steinem's complex life, from her difficult childhood to the awakening that changed her into the most famous feminist in the world. Intimate and insightful, here is a biography that is as provocative as the woman who inspired it. Photos.


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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Biography of the pivotal and occasionally controversial feminist and co-founder of Ms. magazine. (Oct.)
Library Journal
Heilbrun, the accomplished literary scholar (Writing a Woman's Life, LJ 10/15/88) and mystery author under the nom de plume Amanda Cross, offers her interpretation of a complex and admirable subject, feminist avatar Gloria Steinem. Unhappily, the result is disappointing, in part because it seems premature with Steinem only 60 and still active in the women's movement. But the book suffers from more serious imperfections as well. Though Heilbrun discusses at length Steinem's relationship with her mother, she neglects connections with Steinem's father and her sister. A large share of the book treats Steinem's numerous celebrity liaisons; while legitimate in a posthumous examination, such discussion is inescapably tawdry when the subject is still living. Finally and most puzzling, the writing lacks polish. Long quotations are awkwardly integrated, and some sentences require rereading. The definitive work is still to be written, but this one will nevertheless attract a large audience. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 2/1/95.]-Cynthia Harrison, Federal Judicial Ctr., Washington, D.C.
Mary Carroll
ere's a marriage made in heaven: Columbia professor emerita Heilbrun, groundbreaking theorist on the "male" structure of biographical conventions ("Writing a Woman's Life" [1988]) and author (as Amanda Cross) of the witty, feminist Kate Fansler mysteries, and Steinem, journalist, multi-issue activist, "Ms." founder, best-selling author, at once praised and pilloried as perhaps the most visible feminist of the late twentieth century. Heilbrun did dozens of interviews, traveled to Steinem's childhood homes, and plowed through her uncataloged memorabilia and papers at Smith College. The portrait that results is nuanced and thoughtful, respectful of Steinem's work but prepared to question some of her explanations. Revising Emerson's advice on consistency, Heilbrun sees Steinem's life as "testimony to the power of contradictory behavior." Probing and often reconciling dissonant elements that fuel critics' venom, Heilbrun sees in Steinem's past six decades "a steadfastness of purpose, a willingness to undertake risks and to work for chosen goals, and a firmness in maintaining" her principles" that provide an essential continuity. Heilbrun's goal is at once to understand how Steinem became the woman she is, and what her life can teach us about childhood and family, self and society. Slow at the start, but Heilbrun soon captures readers' interest and imagination.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307802132
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/20/2011
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
496
Sales rank:
498,500
File size:
2 MB

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