The Education of a Woman: The Life of Gloria Steinem

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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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Overview

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345406217
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/28/1996
  • Pages: 450
  • Sales rank: 305,297
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
A Note on Documentation xv
Introduction xvii
Family 1
Safety 41
India: The Transforming Interlude 67
New York 84
1968 132
Awakening 161
Ms. 189
Dissonance at Close Quarters 232
Trashing 276
Houston 310
Any Port in a Storm 325
Getting to Fifty 339
Imperatives for Change 370
Epilogue 402
Appendix 416
Bibliography 424
Picture Credits 431
Index 433
About the Author 451
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