Zami: A New Spelling of My Name

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Crossing Press, 1982 - Biography & Autobiography - 256 pages
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"Lorde, best known for her [poetry] and essays, leaves us with this ... autobiography of her early years as a writer, and as a struggling black lesbian in NYC. Slowly, through gentle inflections of her Grenadian roots and development of the ideas of Caricou society, she stitches together a number of very personal 'mythographies,' ultimately weaving a ... telling of her life"--Review on

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Zami: A New Spelling of My Name—a Biomythography

User Review  - Lisa N. Johnston - Book Verdict

In a title that combines autobiography and fiction, activist, writer, and librarian Lorde describes her life as a daughter of immigrants and as a lesbian in 1950s Harlem. She expresses the loneliness ... Read full review

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User Review  - sumariotter - LibraryThing

This was one of those life-changing beautiful powerful books for me that made me realize that being a lesbian is a good thing, and being a powerful woman is a good thing. She sensitized me to issues ... Read full review

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About the author (1982)

A writer, activist, and mother of two, Audre Lorde grew up in 1930s Harlem. She earned a master's degree in library science from Columbia University, received a National Endowment for the Arts grant for poetry, and was New York State's Poet Laureate from 1991 to 1993. She is the author of twelve books, including ZAMI and THE BLACK UNICORN. Lorde died of cancer at the age of fifty-eight in 1992.

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