Becoming Modern: The Life of Mina Loy

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Jul 25, 1996 - Biography & Autobiography - 250 pages
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The poet and visual artist Mina Loy has long had an underground reputation as an exemplary avant-gardist. Born in London of mixed Jewish and English parentage, and a much photographed beauty, she moved in the pivotal circles of international modernism—in Florence as Gertrude Stein's friend and Marinetti's lover; in New York as Marcel Duchamp's co-conspirator and Djuna Barnes's confidante; in Mexico with the greatest love, the notorious boxer-poet Arthur Cravan; in Paris with 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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BECOMING MODERN: The Life of Mina Loy

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An impressively detailed but cold and disagreeable biography of the neglected modernist poet and visual artist Mina Loy. Born Mina Lowy into a half-Jewish, half-neurotic London household in 1882, the ... Read full review

Becoming modern: the life of Mina Loy

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Burke (English, Univ. of California-Santa Cruz) has written a comprehensive biography of poet and visual artist Mina Loy. Burke sees Loy (1882-1966) as the prototypical New Woman of the 20th century ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue The Modern Woman New York 1916
3
PART I THE SUBCONSCIOUS ARCHIVES
11
PART II BECOMING MINA LOY
65
PART III THE MODERN WORLD
209
PART IV YOU SHOULD HAVE DISAPPEARED YEARS AGO
357
Notes
443
Bibliography
467
Acknowledgments
475
Index
479
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Carol Burke is the author of Becoming Modern.

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