Writing a Woman’s Life by Carolyn G. Heilbrun

Writing a Woman’s Life by Carolyn G. Heilbrun. 1989 Ballantine paperback, later printing, 144 pages. In this "modern classic" Heilbrun critiques how biographers and memoirists have "suppressed the truth" of women's lives, limiting both what was experienced and how we experience women in writing. Heilbrun was the first women to receive tenure in the literature department at Columbia, wrote many feminist texts, and wrote mysteries under the byline Amanda Cross. She also wrote a book  The Last Gift of Time: Life Beyond Sixty, in which she said she'd commit suicide at the age of seventy. She did die by suicide, but at the age of 77.

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"If I had to emphasize the lack of narrative or of language to the formation of new women's lives, I would unquestionably emphasize narrative,"

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