Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh - John Lahr

In The New Yorker writer John Lahr’s stunning biography, Williams comes across as a more dramatic figure than the characters he created for the stage. Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh (W.W. Norton, $39.95) is the story of a man haunted by his sexuality, by his bruised but not-yet-broken family, and by the raucous decades that inspired what are arguably the greatest works in American theater. Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh doesn’t just present the scintillating details of Williams’s many affairs and lifelong heartbreaks, Lahr also conveys how physically taxing it was on the playwright to be ignored for the first half of his career. From the groundbreaking The Glass Menagerie to the filming of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Lahr diligently and eloquently chronicles Williams’s struggles to create, to gain recognition, and to find personal happiness.

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ISBN: 9780393351651
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 21st, 2015

The Amazons: Lives and Legends of Warrior Women Across the Ancient World - Adrienne Mayor

Adrienne Mayor, the Stanford classicist, historian of science, and author of The Poison King, dispels the myths of The Amazons (Princeton, $29.95) and reveals an even more fascinating reality. You won’t miss the sensational fictions of man-slaying, single-breasted archers who scorned marriage and motherhood, as you follow the true warrior women across the Eurasian steppes, from Bulgaria to Mongolia, in this thorough and richly illustrated ethnography. Until recently, most of what we thought we knew about the Amazons came from the ancient Greeks. But that settled and patriarchal culture misinterpreted the practices of the Scythians and other nomadic tribes, seeing female dominance in what was really gender equality. Both men and women hunted, fought, rode horses, and wore pants; everyone had to contribute to ensure the group’s survival in the harsh desert and mountain landscapes. The extent of the Greeks’ misunderstandings has become clear with archeological excavations and technology. Both find that women were buried like heroes, with sumptuous grave goods including gold, weapons, tools, personal hemp-burning kits, horses, and sometimes children.

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ISBN: 9780691147208
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Published: Princeton University Press - September 22nd, 2014

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ISBN: 9780691170275
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Published: Princeton University Press - February 9th, 2016

Joan of Arc: A Life Transfigured - Kathryn Harrison

Joan of Arc is a historical figure often treated as a mythical hero. Her latest biographer, Kathryn Harrison, a versatile writer of fiction and nonfiction, has undertaken the gargantuan task of narrating the saint’s life with both research and imagination. In Joan of Arc: A Life Transfigured (Doubleday, $28.95), Harrison paints the fullest, most realistic portrait of Joan yet. With a nod to those who have presented Joan’s story before (the list includes Shakespeare and Shaw), Harrison retraces the incredible tale of a young woman who manages to move an entire nation. Her account features an excellent timeline of Joan’s life and the events of her era, putting her subject in a wider context and illuminating how Joan must have been viewed by her contemporaries. How did they see her—as a madwoman? A sociopath? A prophet? Read this eye-opening biography and find out.

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ISBN: 9780767932493
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Published: Anchor - October 13th, 2015