Against a Field Sinister

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City Lights Publishers, 1991 - Biography & Autobiography - 135 pages

These memoirs and autobiographical stories trace the life of Edith Arnstein Jenkins, who at an early age chose the passionate, committed life of a political activist. Against a Field Sinister is a searching and lyrical examination of the intersecting worlds of San Francisco Bay Area intellectuals, writers, and radicals over a seventy-five year period.

Jenkins is an especially eloquent witness of the perceived opportunities and limitations that have faced women through the years; her remembrances illuminate the triumphs and tragedies of special friends—some famous some unknown. Here is a record of a remarkable woman’s life, wherein there is a refusal to separate the personal and the political.

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