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Seduction and Betrayal: Women and Literature (New York Review Books Classics) [Kindle Edition]

Elizabeth Hardwick , Joan Didion
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The novelist and essayist Elizabeth Hardwick is one of contemporary America’s most brilliant writers, and Seduction and Betrayal, in which she considers the careers of women writers as well as the larger question of the presence of women in literature, is her most passionate and concentrated work of criticism. A gallery of unforgettable portraits—of Virginia Woolf and Zelda Fitzgerald, Dorothy Wordsworth and Jane Carlyle—as well as a provocative reading of such works as Wuthering Heights, Hedda Gabler, and the poems of Sylvia Plath, Seduction and Betrayal is a virtuoso performance, a major writer’s reckoning with the relations between men and women, women and writing, writing and life.


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About the Author

Elizabeth Hardwick (b. 1916) has been a frequent contributor to The Partisan Review, The New Yorker, and The New York Review of Books, which she helped found in 1963. Her books include the novels The Simple Truth, The Ghostly Lover, and Sleepless Nights, the essay collection A View of My Own, and The Selected Letters of William James, for which she acted as editor. Joan Didion is the author of The Year of Magical Thinking and We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live: Collected Nonfiction.(December 2008)

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  • File Size: 321 KB
  • Print Length: 228 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0940322781
  • Publisher: NYRB Classics; New Ed edition (July 13, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003WUYOOI
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Her essays on the Brontes, Zelda Fitzgerald, Sylvia Plath, Virginia Woolf, and Jane Welsh Carlyle are absolute classics. If you are interested in any of these writers (and yes, even Zelda was a writer!), don't miss this one.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Only OK May 27, 2014
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The writing is so good, but the subject matter is not new, and the few new insights into some fascinating literary woman aren't quite worth it. But I did read it and had moments of pleasure. So try it.
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