Seduction and Betrayal: Women and Literature

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New York Review of Books, 2001 - Literary Criticism - 205 pages
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The novelist and essayist Elizabeth Hardwick is one of contemporary America's most brilliant writers, and Seduction and Betrayal, in which she considers the careers of women writers as well as the larger question of the presence of women in literature, is her most passionate and concentrated work of criticism. A gallery of unforgettable portraits--of Virginia Woolf and Zelda Fitzgerald, Dorothy Wordsworth and Jane Carlyle--as well as a provocative reading of such works as Wuthering Heights, Hedda Gabler, and the poems of Sylvia Plath, Seduction and Betrayal is a virtuoso performance, a major writer's reckoning with the relations between men and women, women and writing, writing and life.

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essays on: The Brontės, Ibsen's Women, Zelda Fitzgerald, Sylvia Plath, Bloomsbury and Virginia Woolf, Dorothy Wordsworth, Jane Carlyle. Quote: "It is a question whether there is such a things as seduction when the affections play a part" (p. 185) Read full review

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Hardwick's one of my favorite literary critics now that I've managed to read this. She is spot on, resists being generically or blandly glib, and is female-mind-oriented without being dismissive or ... Read full review


A Dolls House
Hedda Gabler
The Rosmersholm Triangle
Sylvia Plath
Bloomsbury and Virginia Woolf
Dorothy Wordsworth
Jane Carlyle

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Elizabeth Hardwick was born on July 27, 1916, in Lexington, Kentucky. Hardwick earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Kentucky, then she enrolled at Columbia University for additional study. Formerly an adjunct associate professor of English at Barnard College in New York, Hardwick has spent most of her adult life writing novels and essays. Hardwick's first novel, The Ghostly Lover, a story about a Kentucky family, was published in 1945. Since then, Hardwick has also written the novels The Simple Truth and Sleepless Nights. Her books of essays include A View of My Own, Sight-Readings: American Fiction, and Seduction and Betrayal: Women and Literature. Once nominated for the National Book Award, Seduction and Betrayal focuses on American writers, especially women writers, including Edith Wharton, Gertrude Stein, Katherine Anne Porter, among others. The founder and advisory editor of the New York Review of Books, Hardwick's works have appeared in periodicals such as The New Yorker, The London Times Literary Supplement, and Harper's. She died at the age of 91 on December 2, 2007.

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