Warrior Poet: A Biography of Audre Lorde

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 446 pages
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Audre Lorde (1934-1992) was the author of The Cancer Journals, and an icon of American womanhood, poetry, African American arts and survival. She created a mythic identity for herself that retains its vitality to this day. Alexis De Veaux demystifies Lorde's iconic status, charting her childhood; her marriage to a white, gay man with whom she had two children; her emergence as an outspoken black feminist lesbian poet; and her canonisation as a seminal poet of American literature. Lorde's restless search for a spiritual home finally brought her to the island of St Croix in 1986. estate, personal journals, and interviews with members of Lorde's family, friends and lovers. Assessing the cultural legacy of a woman who personified the civil rights struggles of the twentieth century, De Veaux pays homage to one of the most courageous, singular voices of American letters.
  

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User Review  - Eleanor Cowan - Goodreads

I found this bio well-written and of a high authorial standard. After reading it, I wondered about this brave poet who contested the hypocrisy of her times. For this she merits praise, great respect ... Read full review

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Alexis De Veaux's work is defined by two critical concerns: making the racial and sexual experiences of black female characters central, and disrupting boundaries between forms. She is the author of two award-winning biographies: Don't Explain: A Song of Billie Holiday and Warrior Poet: A Biography of Audre Lorde. A celebrated writer of poetry, children's literature, plays, essays and journalism, De Veaux is also an activist recognized for her lifelong contributions to a number of women's and literary organizations. With her new work, YABO, Alexis has returned to her first love: writing fiction.

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