From Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Maxine Kumin comes a timeless memoir of life, love, and poetry.
Maxine Kumin left an unrivaled legacy as a pioneering poet and feminist. The Pawnbroker’s Daughter charts her journey from a childhood in a Jewish community in Depression-era Philadelphia, where Kumin’s father was a pawnbroker, to Radcliffe College, where she comes into her own as an intellectual and meets the soldier-turned-Los Alamos scientist who would become her husband; to her metamorphosis from a poet of “light verse” to a “poet of witness”; to her farm in rural New England, the subject and setting of much of her later work.
Against all odds, Kumin channels her dissatisfaction with the life that is expected of her as a wife and a mother into her work as a feminist and one of the most renowned and remembered twentieth-century American poets.
|Publisher:||Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)|
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Table of Contents
I Need Money? See Pete. Recollections by the Pawnbroker's Daughter 13
II Love in Wartime 41
III Metamorphosis: From Light Verse to the Poetry of Witness 69
IV Our Farm, My Inspiration 93
V The Making of PoBiz Farm 129