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Nancy Cunard


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"In Lois Gordon's tireless hands, Nancy Cunard comes across as a woman of remarkable intelligence, intensity, and romantic idealism." -- Lawrence Graver, Williams College

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations Preface Acknowledgments 1. Golden Girl 2. Coming of Age During a Revolution in the Arts 3. Counterpoint of War in London 4. Postwar Breakdown 5. Return to the World in Paris 6. Reluctant Icon 7. Nancy as Publisher 8. Prelude to Negro 9. Negro 10. Nancy as Journalist: Scottsboro, Ethiopia, Spain 11. On the Front Lines in the Spanish Civil War 12. Exposing the Concentration Camps After Franco's Victory 13. Exile and Resistance in World War II 14. Surviving Reanville 15. Escaping La Mothe 16. The Last Great Glare Epilogue Notes Index

About the Author

Lois Gordon, distinguished professor of English at Fairleigh Dickinson University, is internationally known for her work in drama and American culture. She is the author of the first book in the United States on Harold Pinter, and her most recent books include Pinter at 70; The World of Samuel Beckett, 1906-1946; Reading Godot; and American Chronicle: Year by Year Through the Twentieth Century, a classic reference on American culture.


"This able, diligently researched biography... revives the memory of a remarkable woman against the backdrop of major 20th-century events." -- Publishers Weekly "Gordon brings a literary sensibility, a historian's insight, and psychological fluency to her groundbreaking and alternately mesmerizing and shattering biography." -- Booklist "Here is a fascinating life story, delivered in absorbing detail." -- New York Daily News "A worthy biography of the Jazz Age beauty who mesmerized Pound and Elliot." -- Megan O'Grady, Vogue "Gordon provides a perfect illustration of Cunard's fascinating, moving life...your perfect summertime read." -- Jen Ortiz, Social Life Magazine "[Lois Gordon] vividly reconstructs the Cunard legend and brings her back to life." -- Carla Kaplan, The Nation "Lois Gordon's biography of Nancy Cunard arrives at a time when we sorely need exemplars for art and activism." -- Rain Taxi

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