The beloved critic discusses fifty years of essays on literature, feminism, and knowing one's self.
Collected from across her expansive career, Taking a Long Look demonstrates Vivian Gornick's characteristic clarity and vibrance, exploring feminism and writing, literature and culture, politics and personal experience. The book covers the lives of Alfred Kazin, Mary McCarthy, Diana Trilling, Philip Roth, Joan Didion, and Herman Melville; the cultural impact of Silent Spring and Uncle Tom's Cabin; and it brings back into print her incendiary essays, first published in the Village Voice, that championed the emergence of the women's liberation movement of the 1970s.
Vivian Gornick speaks with Margo Jefferson about the collection and its glance back across a career that has made her one of America's most beloved critics.
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