Ornament and silence : essays on women's lives / Kennedy Fraser.

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Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 1996.Description: xv, 247 pages ; 25 cm.ISBN: 0394585399.Subject(s): Women authorsLooking glass | Women artistsLooking glass | Authors' spousesLooking glass | Artists' spousesLooking glass
Contents:
Ornament and silence : Virginia Woolf -- Going on : Nina Berberova -- Warmed through and through : Edith Wharton -- My sister, myself -- A normal man : Henri Matisse and his women -- Love, longing, and letters : Louise Colet -- Traps and damask roses -- Fritillaries and hairy violets : Miriam Rothschild -- Stones of his house : Paul Scott -- Valentina -- The poet of everyday life : Johannes Vermeer -- Meat -- Demented pilgrimage : Germaine Greer -- There at the New Yorker : the novel I never wrote for William Shawn.
Note: Collection of 14 essays, most of which were originally published in The New Yorker (1987-1995) and Vogue (1992-1995).
List(s) this item appears in: Women artists/designers
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In 13 superb essays that first appeared in Vogue and The New Yorker, Kennedy Fraser explores the uniquely female voice and presence in literature and art. Interspersing vignettes from her own life with history and anecdotes surrounding such notable literary personages as Virginia Woolf and Edith Wharton, Fraser provides a personal, informative, brilliant, and compassionate book.

Collection of 14 essays, most of which were originally published in The New Yorker (1987-1995) and Vogue (1992-1995).

Ornament and silence : Virginia Woolf -- Going on : Nina Berberova -- Warmed through and through : Edith Wharton -- My sister, myself -- A normal man : Henri Matisse and his women -- Love, longing, and letters : Louise Colet -- Traps and damask roses -- Fritillaries and hairy violets : Miriam Rothschild -- Stones of his house : Paul Scott -- Valentina -- The poet of everyday life : Johannes Vermeer -- Meat -- Demented pilgrimage : Germaine Greer -- There at the New Yorker : the novel I never wrote for William Shawn.

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Library Journal Review

Most of the essays in this polite, polished collection, which appeared previously in either The New Yorker or Vogue, concern women only in relation to the men in their lives. A "daughter of the paternal old New Yorker" in her youth, Fraser (Scenes from the Fashionable World, LJ 8/87) has moved on with time, taking for her more mature role models Nina Berberova, Edith Wharton, and Germaine Greer. Fraser's essays are quiet, thorough, and beautifully paced, testifying to her tutelage under William Shawn, yet her account of her early years playing the feminine object in "boots and velvet hot pants" will exasperate some readers. The juxtaposition of essays on successful male artists‘"A Normal Man" (Matisse), "Stones in His House" (Paul Scott)‘only throw into relief the sacrificial achievements of the women who surround them, and in the end we are left with the depressing thought, "Women must set aside the bowl they have used to beg for approval and praise." In a concluding essay bidding farewell to The New Yorker old guard, we cheer to see Fraser burning her bridges. For most collections.‘Amy Boaz, "Library Journal" (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publishers Weekly Review

These thoughtful, well-crafted essays by Fraser (Scenes from the Fashionable World), previously published in Vogue and the New Yorker, deal largely with the relationship between creative women and the men in their lives. In an extended piece, the author explores the life and work of Russian émigré writer Nina Berberova, whose literary achievements (The Italics are Mine) were accomplished after she left her lover, Russian poet Vladislav Khodasevich. Other articles deal with the impact of childhood sexual abuse on the life of Virginia Woolf and with Edith Wharton's successful struggle to find sexual freedom. Fraser includes several perceptive essays on writers and artists, such as novelist Paul Scott and painter Henri Matisse, that examine the women who influenced them both positively and negatively. Of particular interest are Fraser's reflections on the time she spent working as a young writer at the New Yorker with famed editor William Shawn. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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