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Moments of Truth free pdf Edith Wharton, Virginia Woolf, Katherine Mansfield, Jean Rhys, Christina Stead, Djuna Barnes, Violet Trefusis, Jane Bowles, Simone de Beauvoir, Christine Brooke-Rose, Iris Murdoch, Angela Carter. Women who moved in literary circles in the first half of the 20th century were "helpmeets or patrons, muses or mistresses, not artists in their own right". All the writers above struggled, in different ways, to discover their own "voice" while being faced with stifling conceptions of feminine creativity. Lorna Sage discovers in these women's writings, the revelatory moment when each one locates her distinctive voice, finds her calling (or fails to), or refashions herself as an author. Most of these writers are now canonized, others remain on the fringes of our attention. All of them had trouble inventing themselves, and some did it more than once. Virginia Woolf, in her early fiction, was freeing herself from the accumulated meanings that literary tradition had loaded on to young women- Katherine Mansfield in her gem-like short stories transforms her experiences of displacement and impermanence into the very substance of her work. Djuna Barnes who produced one masterpiece, "Nightwood", felt that her originality exiled her in singularity. "The Second Sex" by Simone de Beauvoir, the only piece of non-fiction covered in the book, is read as an anti-fiction, devoted to demolishing myths about feminine character and destiny. Other writers never found themselves a home - Violet Trefusis's stylish comedies which dissect the heart of extraordinary privilege to reveal unfreedom, mocked her own talent and are now seldom remembered. This book looks at the process by which particular books - and whole writing lives - materialized against the odds. This collection of highly accessible essays on the most influential women writers of the first half of the last century is a mixture of close reading with a sensitivity to nuances, and biographical exploration.

About Lorna Sage

Lorna Sage was professor of English at the University of East Anglia. Her previous books include Women in the House of Fiction, The Cambridge Guide to Women's Writing in English, a short monograph on Angela Carter, and Bad Blood, which was winner of the 2000 Whitbread Biography Award. She died in January 2001.

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Author : Lorna Sage
Publisher : Fourth Estate Ltd
Data Published : 02 September 2002
ISBN : 1841156361
EAN : 9781841156361
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 272 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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