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The Resource Nancy Cunard : heiress, muse, political idealist, Lois Gordon

Nancy Cunard : heiress, muse, political idealist, Lois Gordon

Label
Nancy Cunard : heiress, muse, political idealist
Title
Nancy Cunard
Title remainder
heiress, muse, political idealist
Statement of responsibility
Lois Gordon
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Lois Gordon's biography tells the story of a writer, activist, and cultural icon who embodied the dazzling energy and tumultuous spirit of her age, and whom William Carlos Williams once called "one of the major phenomena of history."" "Nancy Cunard (1896-1965) led a life that surpasses Hollywood fantasy. The only child of an English baronet (and heir to the Cunard shipping fortune) and an American beauty, Cunard abandoned the world of a celebrated socialite and Jazz Age icon to pursue a lifelong battle against social injustice as a wartime journalist, humanitarian aid worker, and civil rights champion." "Cunard fought fascism on the battlefields of Spain and reported firsthand on the atrocities of the French concentration camps. Intelligent and beautiful, she romanced the great writers of her era, including three Nobel Prize winners, and was the inspiration for characters in the works of Ezra Pound, T. S. Eliot, Aldous Huxley, Pablo Neruda, Samuel Beckett, and Ernest Hemingway, among others." "Cunard was also a prolific poet, publisher, and translator and, after falling in love with a black American jazz pianist, became deeply committed to fighting for black rights. She edited the controversial anthology Negro, the first comprehensive study of the achievement and plight of blacks around the world. Her contributors included Langston Hughes, W. E. B. Du Bois, and Zora Neale Hurston, among scores of others." "Cunard's personal life was as complex as her public persona. Her involvement with the civil rights movement led her to be ridiculed and rejected by both family and friends. Throughout her life, she was plagued by insecurities and suffered a series of breakdowns, struggling with a sense of guilt over her promiscuous behavior and her ability to survive so much war and tragedy. Yet Cunard's writings also reveal an immense kindness and wit, as well as her renowned, often flamboyant defiance of prejudiced social conventions." "Drawing on diaries, correspondence, historical accounts, and the remembrances of others, Lois Gordon revisits the major movements of the first half of the twentieth century through the life of a truly gifted and extraordinary woman. She also returns Nancy Cunard to her rightful place as a major figure in the historical, social, and artistic events of a critical era."--BOOK JACKET
Summary
Looks at the life of Nancy Cunard, a writer and activist who gave up a fantasy life to fight a lifelong battle against social injustice
Biography type
individual biography
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269582
Cataloging source
DLC
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Gordon, Lois G
Dewey number
B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Cunard, Nancy
  • Women political activists
  • Women journalists
  • Authors, English
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
heiress, muse, political idealist
Label
Nancy Cunard : heiress, muse, political idealist, Lois Gordon
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [377]-426) and index
Control code
000040669832
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xvi, 447 p., [32] p. of plates
Isbn
9780231139380
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2006026710
Other physical details
ill.
Label
Nancy Cunard : heiress, muse, political idealist, Lois Gordon
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [377]-426) and index
Control code
000040669832
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xvi, 447 p., [32] p. of plates
Isbn
9780231139380
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2006026710
Other physical details
ill.

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