In a Generous Spirit: A First-person Biography of Myra Page

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University of Illinois Press, 1996 - Fiction - 273 pages
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Dorothy Markey's family and culture prepared her to be a proper southern lady. Yet Markey broke free of her cultural bonds and became, instead, a feminist, a communist, and, under the pen name Myra Page, a radical journalist and novelist. Her activism on behalf of social justice, racial equality, and women's rights spanned the 1920s through her death in 1993. Page's work carried her far from her Virginia home to Moscow, Mexico, the rural South, and New York. As a journalist she wrote for the Daily Worker, the New Masses, Working Woman, and Southern Worker. Her novels captured workers' struggles in an authentic voice: The Gathering Storm, Daughter of the Hills, and Moscow Yankee. With consummate skill, Christina Baker weaves together historical research, her own and others' conversations with Page, and Page's letters and other writings. The resulting narrative is a vivid recreation of the life of an uncommon woman and her more than seventy years of striving for the things she believed in.
 

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In a narrative that reads like a polished transcript, Baker (English, Univ. Coll. of the Univ. of Maine) narrates the life of Myra Page (Dorothy Page Gary, 1897-1993), the journalist, novelist, and ... Read full review

Contents

Rebel Roots
5
Thwarted Sisters
13
Southern Discomfort
21
Choosing Freedom
30
LOVE AND THE LEFT 191831
39
Breaking Away
41
Union Novice
54
Finding Love
65
Soviet Yankees
129
Finding Shelter
140
Another South
148
Active Women
157
WARS AND PEACE 193993
169
Home Fronts
171
Red Scare
181
New Left
190

Carolina Mill Hands
76
Gathering Strength
84
Radical Ferment
95
WRITER AND ACTIVIST 192938
107
Writing Left
109
New World
119
Standing Strong
200
Epilogue
209
Afterword
211
Notes
215
Index
263
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