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A splendid intelligence : the life of Elizabeth Hardwick / Cathy Curtis.


"The first biography of the extraordinary essayist and short story writer Elizabeth Hardwick, author of the semiautobiographical novel Sleepless Nights. Born in Kentucky, Elizabeth Hardwick boarded a Greyhound bus for New York City in 1939 and quickly made a name for herself as a formidable member of the intellectual elite. Her eventful life included stretches of dire poverty; lasting friendships with literary luminaries (among them, Mary McCarthy); dustups with authors she eviscerated in the New York Review of Books (of which she was a cofounder); and marriage to the poet Robert Lowell-whom she adored, standing by faithfully through his episodes of bipolar illness. Lowell's decision to publish excerpts from her private letters in The Dolphin greatly distressed Hardwick and ignited a major literary controversy. Hardwick imbued her essays with a novelistic flair and a wholly original outlook. In A Splendid Intelligence, biographer Cathy Curtis offers an intimate portrait of an exceptional woman who emerged from a long, turbulent marriage with the clarity and wisdom that illuminate her brilliant work"-- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9781324005520
  • ISBN: 1324005521
  • Physical Description: 388 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., [2022]

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Lexington (1916-1939) -- Discovering New York (1939-1947) -- Love and Torment (1948-1950) -- European Immersion (1950-1952) -- Boston (1953-1958) -- Upheaval (1958-1960) -- New York (1961-1970) -- The Rift (1970-1973) -- Literary Splash (1974-1979) -- Literary Lion (1980-2006).
Subject: Hardwick, Elizabeth.
Authors, American > 20th century > Biography.
Hardwick, Elizabeth.
Authors, American.
Genre: Biographies.

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