Master your Minecraft
 
 

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN a $100 Credit

Subscribe to PowellsBooks.news
for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

Tour our stores


    Recently Viewed clear list


    What I'm Giving | December 4, 2014

    Fred Armisen: IMG Fred Armisen: What I'm Giving



    At Powell's, we feel the holidays are the perfect time to share our love of books with those close to us. For this special blog series, we reached... Continue »

    spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$18.00
New Trade Paper
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Available for In-store Pickup
in 7 to 12 days
Qty Store Section
2 Remote Warehouse Biography- Literary

This title in other editions

Recollections of My Life as a Woman: The New York Years

by

Recollections of My Life as a Woman: The New York Years Cover

ISBN13: 9780140231588
ISBN10: 0140231587
All Product Details

Only 2 left in stock at $18.00!

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

An evocative, gritty memoir by the leading woman writer of the Beat Generation.

In this rich and passionate memoir, influential poet Diane di Prima explores the first three decades of her extraordinary life. Only by heroic effort was she able to break away from her intense Brooklyn Italian family to follow through on the lifelong commitment to poetry she made in high school. Immersed in the proto-Beat world of Manhattan's early 1950s Bohemia, she emerged as a major force, not only establishing herself as a poet, but also coediting the influential literary newsletter, The Floating Bear, and cofounding The Poet's Theatre.

Recollections of My Life as a Woman chronicles the intense, creative cauldron of those years as the Beat movement emerged on both coasts, and the country accelerated into the sixties. Poetry, painting, dance, and theater flowed into one another, and well-known figures from all those worlds-including Merce Cunningham, Frank O'Hara, Audre Lorde, Trisha Brown, and Franz Kline-move through her story. Di Prima was a deliberate single parent at a time when that was unheard of, and her relationships and sexuality were as revolutionary as her writing. This is a powerful and unique remembering of how one woman's life revealed itself to her.

Review:

"Not unlike poet di Prima's verse, this memoir is daring, honest, simultaneously colloquial and lyrical?qualities that lend it authenticity and verve. By freely admitting that she can't possibly remember everything, di Prima captures the reader's trust and interest.... di Prima courageously turns life into art." Denise Gess, Book Magazine

Review:

"She tells her story well, skillfully interweaving events with lyrical commentary on her inner life."Publisher's Weekly

Review:

"This journey of a young Italian American girl, through the minefields of her childhood in Brooklyn to her breakthrough as a liberated female intellectual decades before the modern women's movement began, is never less than honest and resounds with authenticity." The Washington Post

Review:

"These 'Recollections' are full of light and wonder." San Francisco Chronicle

Synopsis:

In Recollections of My Life as a Woman, Diane di Prima explores the first three decades of her extraordinary life. Born into a conservative Italian American family, di Prima grew up in Brooklyn but broke away from her roots to follow through on a lifelong commitment to become a poet, first made when she was in high school. Immersing herself in Manhattan's early 1950s Bohemia, di Prima quickly emerged as a renowned poet, an influential editor, and a single mother at a time when this was unheard of. Vividly chronicling the intense, creative cauldron of those years, she recounts her revolutionary relationships and sexuality, and how her experimentation led her to define herself as a woman. What emerges is a fascinating narrative about the courage and triumph of the imagination, and how one woman discovered her role in the world.

Synopsis:

The leading woman writer of the Beat Generation explores her first three decades in this evocative and gritty memoir. She traces her life from her upbringing in an intense Brooklyn Italian family to her emergence as a major force of Manhattan's early 1950s Bohemia.

About the Author

Diane Di Prima is the author of thirty-four books of poetry and prose, which have been translated into twenty languages. She lives in San Francisco, where she works as a writer and teacher.

What Our Readers Are Saying

Add a comment for a chance to win!
Average customer rating based on 1 comment:

Judith Gips, June 19, 2012 (view all comments by Judith Gips)
Moving and evocative, casting light on disparate phenomena that are foreer linked in di Prima's life and mind. To read Recollections of My Life as a Woman is to enter the very real, often rough world of the bohemian 1950s and early 1960s, often illuminated with a breath taking and surprising beauty despite the grit. di Prima reveals herself as vulnerable as well as New York street tough, mystical in equal measure to her pragmatism, loving and ironically detached. T enter the world of Diane di Prima's memoir is to discard shallow stereotypes f beatnik creative life and to enter, accompanied by a Muse worthy of Dante, , a complex and endlessly fascinating not far and yet light years away from our own. Diane di Prima reveals herself here not 9nly as poet, creative spirit, spiritual seeker, solitude craver, and lover, but as a pioneer Alternative Single Mother by choice.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140231588
Author:
Di Prima, Diane
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Author:
Prima, Diane Di
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Family/Interpersonal Memoir
Subject:
Childhood Memoir
Subject:
Poets, American
Subject:
Biography-Literary
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Publication Date:
20020331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
7.96x5.38x.92 in. .80 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

Other books you might like

  1. Pieces of a Song: Selected Poems Used Trade Paper $10.50
  2. Loba (Penguin Poets) Used Trade Paper $9.95
  3. Long Live Man New Trade Paper $14.95
  4. American Primitive
    Used Trade Paper $8.00
  5. What Do We Know: Poems and Prose Poems
    Used Trade Paper $9.00
  6. North: Poems Used Trade Paper $7.95

Related Subjects

Biography » General
Biography » Literary
Biography » Women
Fiction and Poetry » Poetry » A to Z

Recollections of My Life as a Woman: The New York Years New Trade Paper
0 stars - 0 reviews
$18.00 In Stock
Product details 432 pages Penguin Books - English 9780140231588 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Not unlike poet di Prima's verse, this memoir is daring, honest, simultaneously colloquial and lyrical?qualities that lend it authenticity and verve. By freely admitting that she can't possibly remember everything, di Prima captures the reader's trust and interest.... di Prima courageously turns life into art."
"Review" by , "She tells her story well, skillfully interweaving events with lyrical commentary on her inner life."
"Review" by , "This journey of a young Italian American girl, through the minefields of her childhood in Brooklyn to her breakthrough as a liberated female intellectual decades before the modern women's movement began, is never less than honest and resounds with authenticity."
"Review" by , "These 'Recollections' are full of light and wonder."
"Synopsis" by ,
In Recollections of My Life as a Woman, Diane di Prima explores the first three decades of her extraordinary life. Born into a conservative Italian American family, di Prima grew up in Brooklyn but broke away from her roots to follow through on a lifelong commitment to become a poet, first made when she was in high school. Immersing herself in Manhattan's early 1950s Bohemia, di Prima quickly emerged as a renowned poet, an influential editor, and a single mother at a time when this was unheard of. Vividly chronicling the intense, creative cauldron of those years, she recounts her revolutionary relationships and sexuality, and how her experimentation led her to define herself as a woman. What emerges is a fascinating narrative about the courage and triumph of the imagination, and how one woman discovered her role in the world.
"Synopsis" by , The leading woman writer of the Beat Generation explores her first three decades in this evocative and gritty memoir. She traces her life from her upbringing in an intense Brooklyn Italian family to her emergence as a major force of Manhattan's early 1950s Bohemia.

spacer
spacer
  • back to top

FOLLOW US ON...

     
Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.