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Sharp: The Women Who Made an Art of Having an Opinion 
by Michelle Dean
Paperback – 8 May 2018
From journalist Michelle Dean, winner of the National Book Critics Circle’s 2016 Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing, Sharp combines biography, original research, and critical reading into a powerful portrait of ten writers who managed to make their voices heard amidst a climate of sexism and nepotism, from the 1920s to the 1990s.
Dorothy Parker, Rebecca West, Mary McCarthy, Hannah Arendt, Susan Sontag, Joan Didion, Janet Malcolm, Renata Adler, Pauline Kael, and Nora Ephron-these are the main characters of Sharp. Their lives intertwine. They enable each other and feud, manufacture unique spaces and voices, and haunt each other. They form a group united in many ways, but especially by what Dean terms as ‘sharpness’, the ability to cut to the quick with precision of thought and wit, a claiming of power through writing rather than position.
Sharp is a vibrant and rich depiction of the intellectual beau monde of New York, where gossip-filled parties at night gave out to literary slanging-matches in the pages of publications like the Partisan Review or the New York Review of Books, as well as a carefully considered portrayal of the rise of feminism and its interaction with the critical establishment.
SHARP is for book lovers who want to read about their favorite writers, lovers of New Yorker lore, aspiring writers in New York, those interested in the history of ideas, and of the fray of 20th century debate-and it will satisfy them all.
Reviews
I have to recommend Michelle Dean’s Sharp: The Women Who Made an Art of Having an Opinion, a delicious cultural history that comes out in April. It brings together some of the most influential social critics of the 20th century, including Dorothy Parker, Mary McCarthy, Hannah Arendt, Susan Sontag and Joan Didion, and shows how these glamorous iconoclasts forged their singular careers. Dean makes the convincing argument that women’s voices–if not necessarily feminist ones–did far more to define the last century’s intellectual life than we realize — Michelle Goldberg ― New York Times

[A] stunning and highly accessible introduction to a group of important writers ― Publishers Weekly
From the Back Cover
Dorothy Parker, Hannah Arendt, Mary McCarthy, Susan Sontag, Joan Didion, Nora Ephron and Janet Malcolm are just some of the women whose lives intertwined as they cut through twentieth-century cultural and intellectual life in the United States, arguing as fervently with each other as they did with the men who so often belittled their work as journalists, novelists, critics and poets. These women are united by their ‘sharpness’: an accuracy and precision of thought and wit, a claiming of power through their writing.
Sharp is a rich and lively portrait of these women and their world, where Manhattan cocktail parties, fuelled by lethal quantities of both alcohol and gossip, could lead to high-stakes slanging matches in the Partisan Review or the New York Review of Books. It is fascinating and revealing on how these women came to be so influential in a climate in which they were routinely met with condescension and derision by their male counterparts.
Michelle Dean mixes biography, criticism and cultural and social history to create an enthralling exploration of how a group of brilliant women became central figures in the world of letters, staked out territory for themselves and began to change the world.
About the Author
Michelle Dean is a journalist, critic and the recipient of the National Book Critics Circle’s 2016 Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing. A contributing editor at the New Republic, she has written for the New Yorker, Nation, New York Times Magazine, Slate, New York Magazine, Elle and BuzzFeed. She lives in New York City.
Product details
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Fleet; 1st edition (8 May 2018)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 384 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0349005400
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 9780349005409
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 15.6 x 2.8 x 23.5 cm

Additional information

Weight 1.0 g
Dimensions 25 × 15 × 5 cm
Type

Novel

Narrative Type

Non-Fiction

Original Language

English

Topic

Autobiography, Women's Studies

Intended Audience

Adults

Book Title

Sharp: the Women Who Made an Art of Having an Opinion

Item Height

235mm

Item Width

156mm

Format

Paperback

Language

English

Publisher

Little, Brown Book Group

Publication Year

2018

Genre

Biographies & True Stories

Item Weight

506g

Number of Pages

384 Pages

Condition

Brand new

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