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Essential Essays: Culture, Politics, and the Art of Poetry

Adrienne Rich Sandra M. Gilbert



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04 October 2019
Language: reference & general
The Essential Essays gathers twenty-five of Adrienne Rich's most renowned essays, demonstrating the lasting brilliance of her voice and her prophetic vision. Her thoughts on feminism, poetry, race, homosexuality and identity are still powerful and relevant today. Discussing everything from her fearless poetic vision to her revolutionary views on social justice, Rich's essays unite the political, personal and poetical.

Included are Rich's landmark essays Motherhood as Experience and Institution ; What Is Found There ; Why I Refused the National Medal for the Arts and Compulsory Heterosexuality and the Lesbian Existence . As Sandra Gilbert writes, To re-read and to re-think Rich's prose as a complete oeuvre is to encounter a major public intellectual...
By:   Adrienne Rich
Edited by:   Sandra M. Gilbert
Imprint:   Norton
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 211mm,  Width: 142mm,  Spine: 30mm
Weight:   427g
ISBN:   9780393355130
ISBN 10:   0393355136
Pages:   352
Publication Date:   04 October 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Widely read, widely anthologized, widely interviewed, and widely taught, Adrienne Rich (1929-2012) was for decades among the most influential writers of the feminist movement and one of the best-known American public intellectuals. She wrote two dozen volumes of poetry and more than a half-dozen of prose. Her constellation of honors includes two National Book Awards, a MacArthur Foundation genius grant, and a Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters by the National Book Foundation. Ms. Rich's volumes of poetry include The Dream of a Common Language, A Wild Patience Has Taken Me This Far, An Atlas of the Difficult World, The School Among the Ruins, and Telephone Ringing in the Labyrinth. Her prose includes the essay collections On Lies, Secrets, and Silence; Blood, Bread, and Poetry; an influential essay, Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence, and the nonfiction book Of Woman Born, which examines the institution of motherhood as a socio-historic construct. In 2010, she was honored with The Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry's Lifetime Recognition Award. Sandra M. Gilbert has published numerous volumes of criticism and poetry, for which she has won many awards, including, in 2017, an honorary doctorate from Harvard University, and in 2012, together with frequent collaborator Susan Gubar, the National Book Critics Circle's Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award. She lives in Berkeley, California.

Reviews for Essential Essays: Culture, Politics, and the Art of Poetry

Rich urges us to stand up, look around and question outdated politics in a startlingly modern flourish. These essays are aptly named; they are indeed essential. -- The Irish Times I once read that a blue whale's arteries are so large that an adult human could swim through them. That's what entering these essays feels like - to flow along with the pulses of Rich's intelligence, to be enveloped by her capacious heart and mind. -- International New York Times

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