Becoming Modern: The Life of Mina Loy

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University of California Press, 1996 - Biography & Autobiography - 493 pages
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00 The poet and visual artist Mina Loy (1882-1966) has long had an underground reputation as an exemplary avant-gardist. Born in London of mixed Jewish and English parentage, and a restless and much photographed beauty, she moved in the pivotal circles of international modernism, where her friends and lovers included Gertrude Stein, Marinetti, Marcel Duchamp, Joseph Cornell, Djuna Barnes, the poet-boxer Arthur Cravan, and the Surrealists and Man Ray. Carolyn Burke's riveting, authoritative biography brings this highly original and representative figure wonderfully alive, in the process giving us a new picture of modernism--and one woman's important contribution to it. The poet and visual artist Mina Loy (1882-1966) has long had an underground reputation as an exemplary avant-gardist. Born in London of mixed Jewish and English parentage, and a restless and much photographed beauty, she moved in the pivotal circles of international modernism, where her friends and lovers included Gertrude Stein, Marinetti, Marcel Duchamp, Joseph Cornell, Djuna Barnes, the poet-boxer Arthur Cravan, and the Surrealists and Man Ray. Carolyn Burke's riveting, authoritative biography brings this highly original and representative figure wonderfully alive, in the process giving us a new picture of modernism--and one woman's important contribution to it.

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Review: Becoming Modern: The Life of Mina Loy

User Review  - Wendy - Goodreads

Very enjoyable and informative, although much more concentrated on social doings than on the work. However this book should lead to more serious engagement with a wonderful writer, and hopefully to the unearthing of her many lost visual works. Read full review

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User Review  - Jason - Goodreads

It is fascinating to see the modern period through the eyes of a minor artist: it corrects the hagiographies beautifully. The vanguard with their absurd ideas about achieving higher consciousness in ... Read full review

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About the author (1996)

Carolyn Burke holds a Ph.D. in literature from Columbia University. A native of Australia, she now lives in Santa Cruz, California, and teaches in Sydney part of the year.

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