In Extremis: The Life of Laura Riding
In her poetry, fiction, essays, and public statements, Laura Riding, the author of twenty-three books, tackled feminism, communism, sexuality, Freud, language and belief, and the coming-of-age of the American dream. In her personal relationships she was often at the center of a circle of friends and artists whose activities she inspired and sometimes controlled. Her extraordinary range of associates included writers as diverse as Hart Crane, Gertrude Stein, Edmund Wilson, Malcolm Cowley, Allen Tate, and Robert Penn Warren. During a long and "scandalous" affair with Robert Graves, she watched over his most productive period and guided much of his best work. Together they launched the New Criticism.
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IN EXTREMIS: The Life of Laura RidingUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
In her long and eventful life, Laura Riding (1901-91) played, according to Baker (Making a Farm, 1981, etc.—not reviewed), the roles of goddess, witch, poet, editor, critic, mistress, collaborator ... Read full review
In extremis: the life of Laura RidingUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
Baker presents a well-researched biography of Riding (1901-91), a writer whose work has been obfuscated by a difficult personality and estrangement from her colleagues. As is often the case in ... Read full review