Dorothea Lange: A Life Beyond Limits

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W. W. Norton & Company, Oct 11, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 560 pages

Winner of the 2010 Bancroft Prize and finalist for the 2009 Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Biography: The definitive biography of a heroic chronicler of America's Depression and one of the twentieth century's greatest photographers.

We all know Dorothea Lange's iconic photos—the Migrant Mother holding her child, the shoeless children of the Dust Bowl—but now renowned American historian Linda Gordon brings them to three-dimensional life in this groundbreaking exploration of Lange's transformation into a documentarist. Using Lange's life to anchor a moving social history of twentieth-century America, Gordon masterfully re-creates bohemian San Francisco, the Depression, and the Japanese-American internment camps. Accompanied by more than one hundred images—many of them previously unseen and some formerly suppressed—Gordon has written a sparkling, fast-moving story that testifies to her status as one of the most gifted historians of our time. Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; a New York Times Notable Book; New Yorker's A Year's Reading; and San Francisco Chronicle Best Book.
 

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Riveting portrait of one of America's most renowned photographers.In addition to providing insight into Dorothea Lange's private life (1895-1965) and professional development, Gordon (History/New York ... Read full review

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This is a great book that covers not only the life of Dorthea Lange, but also history of California. I'm inspired to much more photography. Read full review

Contents

Scene 1
3
Apprentice to the City
21
Becoming a Photographer
42
Maynard Dixon Bohemian Artist 6 5
65
Working Mother in Bohemia
75
Scene 2
103
A New Deal for Artists
121
Paul Schuster Taylor Maverick Economist
140
The South
259
An American Exodus
279
I7 Dorothea and Roy
287
Scene 4
303
The Iapanese Internment
314
The Office of War Information and Defense
327
Scene 5
343
Working for Lifie
366

The Romance of Love the Romance of the Cause
155
Blending a Family
175
Part III
189
California
209
Migrant Mother
235
The Dust Bowl
244
Diplomats Wife
382
To a Cabin
401
Photographer of Democracy
429
Acknowledgments
435
Photograph Sources
519
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Linda Gordon, winner of two Bancroft Prizes and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, is the author of The Second Coming of the KKK, Dorothea Lange and Impounded, and the coauthor of Feminism Unfinished. She is the Florence Kelley Professor of History at New York University and lives in New York and Madison, Wisconsin.

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