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A Woman of Genius


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"Mrs. Austin tells the story brilliantly with a rich, deep knowledge of human nature, and with an individuality in her way of looking at things that affords many a delightful surprise. Her imagination runs on swift, dramatic feet, and ennobles her style every now and then with a seeress-like touch, to which her large outlook upon life and her concern with its deepest meanings give sanction."
-- The New York Times

"A Woman of Genius... says no to men and conventional marriage and yes to living and productive work. Far from simply promoting female self-determination, however, or celebrating the romantic right of genius to overrun all obstacles, including the human ones, the novel articulates the conflicts of a transitional generation of women who relinquished the perquisites of protected, genteel womanhood for the rewards and responsibilities of the pursuit of public achievement and service to the community... A Woman of Genius is, like Austin herself, an overlooked classic of feminism. Olivia Lattimore occupies a pivotal position in the long procession of gifted women in literature."
-- From the afterword by Nancy Porter

Published in 1912 and drawn directly from Mary Austin's own life as a talented woman, this novel depicts an actress who pursues a career which is in direct conflict to the values of her midwestern town. Ms. Austin chooses to leave her dull husband and follows a career path that leads to fame. It is thought this is a precursor of Sinclair Lewis's Main Street and equally a counterpoint to Theodore Dreiser's Sister Carrie. The novel's approach to how a woman deals with following her ambitions and the associated cost is handled poignantly and honestly.

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  • Print Length: 518 Pages
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