Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches (Commemorative Edition)

Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches (Commemorative Edition)

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Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches (Commemorative Edition) by Audre Lorde

Presenting the essential writings of black lesbian poet and feminist writer Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider celebrates an influential voice in twentieth-century literature.

In this charged collection of fifteen essays and speeches, Lorde takes on sexism, racism, ageism, homophobia, and class, and propounds social difference as a vehicle for action and change. Her prose is incisive, unflinching, and lyrical, reflecting struggle but ultimately offering messages of hope. This commemorative edition includes a new foreword by Lorde-scholar and poet Cheryl Clarke, who celebrates the ways in which Lorde's philosophies resonate more than twenty years after they were first published.

These landmark writings are, in Lorde's own words, a call to “never close our eyes to the terror, to the chaos which is Black which is creative which is female which is dark which is rejected which is messy which is...”

“[Lorde's] works will be important to those truly interested in growing up sensitive, intelligent, and aware.”
New York Times 

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ISBN-13: 9781580911863
Publisher: Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony
Publication date: 07/16/2007
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 80,904
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.97(h) x 0.55(d)

About the Author

A writer, activist, and mother of two, Audre Lorde grew up in 1930s Harlem. She earned a master’s degree in library science from Columbia University, received a National Endowment for the Arts grant for poetry, and was New York State’s Poet Laureate from 1991 to 1993. She is the author of twelve books, including ZAMI and THE BLACK UNICORN. Lorde died of cancer at the age of fifty-eight in 1992.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First read this back in college over 20 years ago. Lorde's words are deeply thought-provoking as well as inspiring. May she rest in peace.
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