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ISBN-10: 0140231587
ISBN-13: 9780140231588
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publish Date: 03/26/2002
Dimensions: 7.96" L, 5.38" W, 0.92" H

Recollections of My Life as a Woman: The New York Years

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The leading woman writer of the Beat Generation explores her first three decades in this evocative and gritty memoir. She traces her life from her upbringing in an intense Brooklyn Italian family to her emergence as a major force of Manhattan’s early 1950s Bohemia.

In Recollections of My Life as a Woman, Diane di Prima explores the first three decades of her extraordinary life. Born into a conservative Italian American family, di Prima grew up in Brooklyn but broke away from her roots to follow through on a lifelong commitment to become a poet, first made when she was in high school. Immersing herself in Manhattan’s early 1950s Bohemia, di Prima quickly emerged as a renowned poet, an influential editor, and a single mother at a time when this was unheard of. Vividly chronicling the intense, creative cauldron of those years, she recounts her revolutionary relationships and sexuality, and how her experimentation led her to define herself as a woman. What emerges is a fascinating narrative about the courage and triumph of the imagination, and how one woman discovered her role in the world.

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This journey of a young Italian American girl, through the minefields of her childhood in Brooklyn to her breakthrough as a liberated female intellectual decades before the modern women's movement began, is never less than honest and resounds with authenticity. –The Washington Post

These 'Recollections' are full of light and wonder. –San Francisco Chronicle

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ISBN-10: 0140231587
ISBN-13: 9780140231588
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publish Date: 03/26/2002
Dimensions: 7.96" L, 5.38" W, 0.92" H
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