From Library Journal
A professor of literature and women's studies and the author of numerous books, short stories, articles, and essays, Mason chronicles in seamless prose her own journeys as a person with a disability who constantly tried to pass as "able-bodied," as a woman scholar and writer who struggled to advance her career in male-dominated academia, and as a mother and writer's wife who searched for intellectual and creative outlets appropriate to her interests and education. In her quest for role models for herself and other women writers, she followed the work of her feminist contemporaries and of African American women writers. She also found" women writers we had lost-the voices we had buried or had not yet discovered." In 1982, the author put her scholarly research into action, heading a grant-funded program, "Women in Transition," for divorced and widowed women entering the job market. Subsequently, she became involved in the disability rights movement (Mason had contracted polio as a child). She eloquently describes how she gradually integrated the professional and personal roles that had so often been separate in her life. She ends her memoirs triumphantly, claiming proudly her identity as a feminist writer with a disability. Highly recommended for all women's studies and disability studies collections.Ximena Chrisagis, Wright State Univ. Lib., Dayton
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From the Publisher
"Life Prints is a compelling and evocative story of a woman's life - her pleasures, work, passions and losses. Mason's focus on strength and healing tell a fresh disability story, however. What we see her overcoming is not the burden of her physical disability, but rather the often crushing burden to get better, to be cured, as family and society relentlessly demand of her." - Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, author of Extraordinary Bodies: Figuring Disability in American Culture and Literature
"I empathize with Mary Mason's attempts to suppress her inconvenient double selves and disappear into the worlds of the able bodied and of men's authority. I was elated when she could not assimilate in either body or soul. I cheered when she recognized herself as a woman, a feminist, a writer and a person who owned the effects of polio on her body. Because of her new purchase on life, I look forward to another Mary Mason memoir in ten years. I come away from the book ready for more." - Peggy McIntosh, Wellesley College Center for Research on Women