Alone! Alone!: Lives of Some Outsider Women (Paperback)

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In the course of over thirty years of writing about psychology, child development, biography, and fiction, Rosemary Dinnage has encountered a variety of outstanding women, all of whom, in one way or another, felt powerfully alone.
Here she brings together her reflections on some of the most memorable of them, including solitaries like the painter Gwen John and the philosopher Simone Weil; muses to partners of genius like Clementine Churchill and Giuseppina Verdi; unstoppable characters like the birth-control advocate Marie Stopes and the children's novelist Enid Blyton; literary survivors like Isak Dinesen and Rebecca West; and, along the way, an assortment of aristocrats, lawbreakers, manic-depressives, transvestites, and storytellers. These women make up a remarkable gallery of the famous, the infamous, the once famous, and the never famous. In telling their stories, Rosemary Dinnage considers what aloneness may really be, how it begins, how it feels, and, above all, how this crucial experience can teach and illuminate as well as hurt.


Publisher New York Review of Books
Mfg Part# 9781590171714
SKU 31198346
Format Paperback
ISBN10 1590171713
Release Date 10/10/2005
"The virtues of Rosemary Dinnage's approach--humaneness, humor, pity, stoicism--come with a liking for patchwork, a tolerance for mild eccentricity, a respect for privacy and stiff upper lips, and an affectionate interest in 'ordinary living' and human confusion."
"[A] series of fascinating, if melancholy, essays full of insight, empathy and human understanding."
"[Dinnage's] openness plus her stylistic precision of voice combine in ALONE! ALONE! with charming and often funny consequences....She never fails, though, to give herself over to what she reads, while preserving her own right of dialogue, the right to observe from the outside with a common sense which is both imaginative and welcoming to the imagination....ALONE! ALONE! is a comradely reminder that no voice, no matter how marginalized its source, is ever solitary. It is also a collection that happens to be deft, suspenseful, heart-warming and unforgettable."
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Annotation Rosemary Dinnage writes about accomplished women who have either chosen to live alone, or have chosen--paired up or single--paths that lie outside ordinary life. Her subjects include Gwen John, Barbara Pym, Isak Dinesen, Doris Lessing, Anita Brookner, Alice James, Stevie Smith, and many more.
First Line When I moved a few years ago from the much-loved London house where I had lived for some forty-five years and in which my children were born, I had a huge mass of papers to sort and to pack.
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0296
Publisher New York Review of Books

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