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Book Title: Ladies Night at the Dreamland|
The author of the book: Sonja Livingston
ISBN 13: 9780820349138
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 25.82 MB
Edition: University of Georgia Press
Date of issue: March 15th 2016
Read full description of the books Ladies Night at the Dreamland:"At the Dreamland, women and girls flicker from the shadows to take their proper place in the spotlight. In this lyrical collection, Sonja Livingston weaves together strands of research and imagination to conjure figures from history, literature, legend and personal memory. The result is a series of essays that highlight lives as varied, troubled, and spirited as America itself. Harnessing the power of language, the award-winning essayist breathes life into subjects who lived extraordinary lives--as rule-breakers, victims, or those whose differences thrust them into view--bringing together those who slipped through the world largely unseen with those brought into public view, but even then, their images were often fleeting or faulty, so that they remain relatively obscure. Included are Alice Mitchell, a Memphis society girl who murdered her female lover in 1892, Maria Spelterini, who crossed Niagara Falls on a tightrope in 1876, May Fielding, a 'white slave girl' buried in a Victorian cemetery, a trio of murder victims, an Irish ancestor, a child exhibited as a curiosity, the sculptors' model Audrey Munson, the Fox sisters, Valaida Snow, a Harlem Renaissance trumpeter and many more"--Provided by publisher.
Read information about the authorSonja Livingston's essay collection, "Ladies' Night at the Dreamland," combines memory, research and imagination to provide poetic profiles of historic women. Her collection, "Queen of the Fall," weaves together strands of memory with icons from 1980s/90s pop culture, religion and mythology to consider the lives of women, while exploring beauty, fertility and longing.
Her award-winning memoir, "Ghostbread," was widely adopted for classroom and book club use. Sonja's writing has earned an AWP Book Award in Nonfiction, a NYFA Fellowship, an Iowa Review Award, and a Susan Atefat Essay Prize and appears in several textbooks on writing, as well as many literary journals. She splits her time between New York State and Tennessee where she teaches in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Memphis.
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