The Resource Conceived with malice, Louise DeSalvo

Conceived with malice, Louise DeSalvo

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Conceived with malice
Title
Conceived with malice
Statement of responsibility
Louise DeSalvo
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "Every creative act is a declaration of war," wrote Henry Miller. This fascinating book examines the motive of revenge as a catalyst for the creative process. Evoking Bloomsbury and Paris in the twenties and thirties, acclaimed biographer Louise De Salvo focuses on four famous literary partnerships where the written word was used as a weapon of revenge. Like her pioneering Virginia Woolf: The Impact of Childhood Sexual Abuse on Her Life and Work, Conceived with Malice challenges our conceptions of how and why great works of literature are written
  • The "ideal" marriage of Leonard and Virginia Woolf not only linked Leonard Woolf to a partner far more talented than he but "elevated" him to a social class that dismissed him as the son of a Jewish shopkeeper. His retaliation was the novel The Wise Virgins, actually penned during the couple's honeymoon. It portrayed a thinly disguised Virginia as deranged and sexually inadequate, sending the shattered bride spiralling toward depression and attempted suicide
  • The mercurial relationship between D.H. Lawrence, a coal miner's son, and his patron Lady Ottoline Morrell, whose list of lovers included Bertrand Russell, Roger Fry, and Henry Lamb, began as a union of "soulmates" but deteriorated into an enmity that spawned Lawrence's vicious portrait of her as the morally corrupt Hermione Roddice in Women in Love. The legendary writer Djuna Barnes reveals the psychic wound that lay at the core of her classic novels Nightwood and Ryder - and that at last was excruciatingly exposed in her final major work, The Antiphon, the amazing play that discloses a family history of multiple incest and child abuse, making her pain-filled and boldly experimental work all too comprehensible
  • Henry Miller's wife, June, the beautiful, strung-out, coked-up taxi dancer who kept him up all night talking about writers, who lived with him and her lesbian lover in a squalid Brooklyn apartment, nearly drove him mad. But she also became his lodestone over forty years of writing, from his first novel, Crazy Cock - only recently published - through Tropic of Cancer and his later classics
  • Full of enticing literary gossip, Conceived with Malice is also a daring exploration of the dark side of the creative process, analyzing much never-before-addressed material in each of these writers' lives. Blending consummate scholarship with great narrative skill, Louise DeSalvo vividly describes how these great literary figures each perceived an attack on the self - and struck back through their art, creating lasting monuments to their deepest hurts and darkest obsessions
Additional physical form
Also issued online.
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1942-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
DeSalvo, Louise A.
Dewey number
823/.91209353
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PR471
LC item number
.D47 1994
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • English literature
  • American literature
  • Characters and characteristics in literature
  • Creation (Literary, artistic, etc.)
  • Authors
  • Authors
  • Revenge in literature
  • Authors
  • Romans à clef
Label
Conceived with malice, Louise DeSalvo
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 399-419) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • D.H. Lawrence, Ottoline Morrell, and Women in love
  • 4.
  • "Justice, not revenge":
  • Djuna Barnes and The antiphon
  • 5.
  • "A desperado of love":
  • Henry Miller, June Miller, and Crazy cock
  • 1.
  • Introduction:
  • Literature as revenge
  • 2.
  • "That strange prelude":
  • Leonard Woolf, Virginia Woolf, and The wise virgins
  • 3.
  • "Like a lion raging after its prey":
Control code
ocm30029823
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
viii, 437 pages
Isbn
9780525938996
Lccn
94009927
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)30029823
Label
Conceived with malice, Louise DeSalvo
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 399-419) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • D.H. Lawrence, Ottoline Morrell, and Women in love
  • 4.
  • "Justice, not revenge":
  • Djuna Barnes and The antiphon
  • 5.
  • "A desperado of love":
  • Henry Miller, June Miller, and Crazy cock
  • 1.
  • Introduction:
  • Literature as revenge
  • 2.
  • "That strange prelude":
  • Leonard Woolf, Virginia Woolf, and The wise virgins
  • 3.
  • "Like a lion raging after its prey":
Control code
ocm30029823
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
viii, 437 pages
Isbn
9780525938996
Lccn
94009927
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)30029823

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