Vivian Gornick

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Vivian Gornick
Born (1935-06-14) June 14, 1935 (age 81)
The Bronx, New York City
Occupation Author, memoirist, essayist
Nationality American
Subject Cultural history, memoir
Notable works In Search of Ali Mahmoud: an American Woman in Egypt (1973), Fierce Attachments: a Memoir (1987), Emma Goldman: Revolution as a Way of Life (2011), The Odd Woman and the City (2015)

Vivian Gornick (born 14 June 1935 in The Bronx, New York City)[1][2] is an American critic, journalist, essayist, and memoirist. She was a reporter for the Village Voice from 1969 to 1977.[3] Her work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Nation, The Atlantic Monthly, and many other publications. In 1969, the radical feminist group New York Radical Feminists was founded by Shulamith Firestone and Anne Koedt;[4] Firestone's and Koedt's desire to start this new group was aided by Gornick's 1969 Village Voice article, "The Next Great Moment in History Is Theirs". The end of this essay announced the formation of the group and included a contact address and phone number, raising considerable national interest from prospective members.[5][6] Gornick has also published eleven books; the most recent, The Odd Woman and the City, was published in May, 2015.[7] She teaches writing at The New School. For the 2007-2008 academic year, she was a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University. In the 2014-15 academic year, she was the Bedell Distinguished Visiting Professor in Nonfiction at the University of Iowa.[8]

Partial bibliography[edit]

  • In Search of Ali Mahmoud: an American Woman in Egypt (1973, Saturday Review Press) (Nominated for the 1974 National Book Award)
  • The Romance of American Communism (1977, Basic Books)
  • Essays in Feminism (1978, Harper & Row)
  • Women in Science: Portraits from a World in Transition (1983, Simon & Schuster)[9]
  • Fierce Attachments: A Memoir (1987, Farrar, Straus and Giroux )
  • Approaching Eye Level (1996, Beacon Press)
  • The End of the Novel of Love (1997, Beacon Press; Nominated for the 1997 National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism)
  • The Situation and the Story: The Art of Personal Narrative (2001, Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
  • The Solitude of Self: Thinking About Elizabeth Cady Stanton (2005, Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
  • The Men in My Life (2008, MIT Press; National Book Critics Circle Award finalist for criticism)
  • Women in Science: Then and Now (2009, The Feminist Press at CUNY)
  • The Ancient Dream (Sep/Oct 2010, Boston Review)
  • Emma Goldman: Revolution as a Way of Life. (2011, Yale University Press; Finalist for the 2011 National Jewish Book Award)
  • The Odd Woman and the City (May 2015, Farrar, Straus and Giroux)[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Library of Congress authority file (accessed 2 June 2013).
  2. ^ Tresa Grauer, entry on Vivian Gornick, Jewish Women's Archives Encyclopedia, URL=http://jwa.org/encyclopedia/article/gornick-vivian
  3. ^ Tresa Grauer, entry on Vivian Gornick, Jewish Women's Archives Encyclopedia, URL=http://jwa.org/encyclopedia/article/gornick-vivian
  4. ^ Echols, Daring to Be Bad, p 186.
  5. ^ Echols, Alice. (1990). Daring to Be Bad: Radical Feminism in America, 1967–75. University of Minnesota Press. ISBN 0-8166-1787-2. Section: "New York Radical Feminists", p 187.
  6. ^ Gornick, Vivian. (1969). "The Next Great Moment in History Is Theirs". Village Voice, November 27, 1969. (Reprinted in: V Gornick. (1978). Essays in Feminism. Harper and Row. ISBN 0-06-011627-7.)
  7. ^ "Richard Preston | Department of English | College of Liberal Arts & Sciences | The University of Iowa". english.uiowa.edu. Retrieved 2016-04-13. 
  8. ^ "Visiting Writers Series | Department of English | College of Liberal Arts & Sciences | The University of Iowa". english.uiowa.edu. Retrieved 2016-04-13. 
  9. ^ Gornick, Vivian (1983-01-01). Women in Science: Portraits from a World in Transition. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 9780671417383. 
  10. ^ University of Iowa biography of Vivian Gornick, | URl=http://english.uiowa.edu/people/vivian-gornick

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