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Gornick, Vivian

Works: 61 works in 236 publications in 4 languages and 14,075 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Domestic fiction  History  Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Case studies  Historical fiction  Records and correspondence  Trials, litigation, etc  Documentary films 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction
Classifications: PS3505.A87, 813.52
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Woman in sexist society: studies in power and powerlessness by Vivian Gornick( Book )

45 editions published between 1971 and 1996 in 3 languages and held by 1,853 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume is an anthology of articles written by some 30 female scholars and writers. Each woman draws upon mastery of her discipline and on a commitment to eliminating the social and personal costs of sexism; and also the arguments from current social customs and "Nature" that the editors feel lock both men and women into life-denying stereotypes of masculinity and femininity
The romance of American Communism by Vivian Gornick( Book )

7 editions published between 1977 and 1978 in English and held by 1,162 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"For those Americans who chose to become Communists, their discovery of and commitment to the Party was the most stirring, consuming event of their lives." The author tells of the heyday period of the Party (1920-1960)`through the voices of 47 people who explain their reasons for joining, remaining and leaving the Party
The solitude of self : thinking about Elizabeth Cady Stanton by Vivian Gornick( Book )

8 editions published between 2005 and 2010 in English and held by 912 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Elizabeth Cady Stanton, one of the most important leaders of the movement to gain American women the vote, was also a great feminist thinker of the 19th century. Her writing and life make clear why feminism as a liberation movement has flourished here as nowhere else in the world
The situation and the story : the art of personal narrative by Vivian Gornick( Book )

11 editions published between 1999 and 2002 in English and held by 879 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

All narrative writing must pull from the raw material of life a tale that will shape experience, transform event, deliver a bit of wisdom. In a story or a novel the "I" who tells this tale can be, and often is, an unreliable narrator, but in nonfiction the reader must always be persuaded that the narrator is speaking truth. How does one pull from one's own boring, agitated self the reliable narrator who will tell the story that needs to be told? Using some of the best memoirs and essays of the past hundred years, Vivian Gornick traces the changing idea of self that has dominated the century and demonstrates the enduring truth-speaker to be found in the work of writers as diverse as Edmund Gosse, Joan Didion, and Oscar Wilde. This book teaches us to write by teaching us how to read: how to recognize truth when we hear it in the writing of others and in our own.--Adapted from jacket
The end of the novel of love by Vivian Gornick( Book )

9 editions published between 1997 and 1999 in English and held by 744 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this book of new and collected critical essays, Vivian Gornick turns the searching intelligence and honesty of insight that mark her memoirs on the work - and the lives - of writers she admires, among them Jean Rhys, Willa Cather, Christina Stead, and George Meredith. In doing so, she examines a century of novels of love-in-the-Western-world and comes to see that, for most writers, it is the drama of our angry and frightened selves in the presence of love that is our modern preoccupation
Essays in feminism by Vivian Gornick( Book )

6 editions published in 1978 in English and held by 688 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the first appearance of the lead essay in this collection in 1969, Vivian Gornick established herself as one of the most respected voices in the new literature of contemporary feminism. Speaking always for herself, always maintaining her independence, while at the same time reflecting and commenting upon current feminist concerns, Gornick became one of the most eagerly read writers in The Village Voice, The New York Times and other periodicals. With characteristic passion and a quick, penetrating intelligence, she dissects the culture that is at the root of female oppression. This collection will stand as a permanent record of the evolution of one feminist's personal consciousness over the seven years that paralleled the renaissance of American feminism. These are essays to be read and reread for years to come, as both men and women begin to assimilate what we have all learned from the women's movement.--From publisher description
Women in science : then and now by Vivian Gornick( Book )

7 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 675 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For general readers, Gornick, a memoirist, essayist, and critic, draws from interviews with about 100 women to describe their experiences as scientists and the contributions they made to biology, chemistry, physics, physiology, experimental psychology, and other sciences, addressing issues of discrimination and stereotypes along the way. Updated to include recent developments, this revised edition has been published on the 25th anniversary of the book's first publication and as part of the Women Writing Science Project of the National Science Foundation
Emma Goldman : revolution as a way of life by Vivian Gornick( Book )

14 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and held by 533 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of a modern radical who took seriously the idea that inner liberation is the first business of social revolution. Her politics, from beginning to end, was based on resistance to that which thwarted the free development of the inner self. The right to stay alive in one's senses, to enjoy freedom of thought and speech, to reject the arbitrary use of power--these were key demands in the many public protest movements she helped mount. Anarchist par excellence, Goldman is one of the memorable political figures of our time, not because of her gift for theory or analysis or even strategy, but because some extraordinary force of life in her burned, without rest or respite, on behalf of human integrity--and she was able to make the thousands of people who, for decades on end, flocked to her lectures, feel intimately connected to the pain inherent in the abuse of that integrity. --From publisher description
In search of Ali Mahmoud : an American woman in Egypt by Vivian Gornick( Book )

6 editions published between 1973 and 1974 in English and held by 466 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ms. Gornick, noted as a Women's Libber (she coedited Woman in Sexist Society) made this trip on account of a man -- Ali Mahmoud, a Harvard grad and Arab who played Romeo to her Jewish-American Juliet. Ali's family in Cairo, hosting her in his absence, advised concealment of her ethnic origins which she did for the most part, sleeping with one of his many cousins, until she let that cat out of the bag inopportunely. This particular international affair faltered, but there were others as well as other opportunities; ""Have you come here to make a sexual study of the men of Egypt?"" one of them asks, and Gornick does not deny that there were Arabs in her sexual fantasies. The book is intended as a people-tour of Cairo and environs; despite a lack of Arabic and the suspicions of a quasi-police state in a perennial attitude of semi-war, she was able to get around. One finds, however, too many mentions of her accolades ("I love your journalism. I love your womanness ... We will be good friends, ya-Vivian?") and suspects, at the end, that she's really on an ego-trip in search of a "lost innocence" and happiness in which she would be hanging clothes on the line, just like her mother did. In the throes of an unfinished revolution, Egypt emerges as a bureaucratic, inefficient and poverty-stricken society; its discontented elite has copied the West of 30 years ago. But Gornick is apolitical; she's produced an edited diary of her meetings and goings, momentarily intriguing, but ultimately just girl-to-girl talk about a long vacation. -- Review from (August 30, 2016)
The men in my life by Vivian Gornick( Book )

10 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 309 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"As Anton Chekhov put it so memorably: "Others made me a slave, but I must squeeze the slave out of myself, drop by drop." Vivian Gornick, a major figure of second-wave feminism, found particular inspiration for this struggle in the work of male writers, from H. G. Wells and Randall Jarrell to V. S. Naipual, James Baldwin, Allen Ginsberg, and Philip Roth. From these talented men who had infinitely more permission to do and be than women, but suffered endlessly from the ravages of anger and self-doubt, Gornick learned what it really means to make art while wrestling with one's inner demons." "The Men in My Life is Gornick at her best: interpreting the intimate relationship between Inner life, social history, and great literature."--BOOK JACKET
Women in science : 100 journeys into the territory by Vivian Gornick( Book )

6 editions published between 1990 and 2009 in English and held by 239 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fierce attachments : a memoir by Vivian Gornick( Book )

14 editions published between 1987 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 82 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Memoires van de joods-Amerikaanse feministe en auteur Vivian Gormick (1935) over haar persoonlijke ontwikkeling, het leven in New York en de complexe relatie met haar moeder
Not for ourselves alone : the story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony( Visual )

2 editions published between 1999 and 2005 in English and held by 43 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents the history of women's suffrage through the dramatic, often turbulent friendship between Elizabeth Stanton and Susan Anthony who were born into a world ruled entirely by men. By the time their lives were over, they had changed for the better the lives of a majority of American citizens. This first segment of a 2-part presentation covers the years from their youth up to the establishment of the National Woman Suffrage Association in 1868
Escribir narrativa personal by Vivian Gornick( Book )

5 editions published in 2003 in Spanish and held by 29 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Grace Paley : collected shorts( Visual )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Lilly Rivlin's intimate documentary is a rich and inspiring portrait of writer, activist and New York icon Grace Paley (1922-2007). Paley's brilliant, frank and witty stories celebrating the authentic, daily lives of women are classics of American literature. Paley--beloved teacher and mother, Poet Laureate of Vermont and State Author of New York--spent a lifetime on the front lines of the feminist, anti-war and nuclear disarmament movements"--Container
La donna in una società sessista : potere e dipendenza( Book )

9 editions published between 1977 and 1982 in Italian and Undetermined and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Oorspronkelijke titel en uitgave: Women in sexist society, New York, 1971
The odd woman and the city : a memoir by Vivian Gornick( Book )

6 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A contentious, deeply moving ode to friendship, love, and urban life in the spirit of Fierce Attachments A memoir of self-discovery and the dilemma of connection in our time, The Odd Woman and the City explores the rhythms, chance encounters, and ever-changing friendships of urban life that forge the sensibility of a fiercely independent woman who has lived out her conflicts, not her fantasies, in a city (New York) that has done the same. Running steadily through the book is Vivian Gornick's exchange of more than twenty years with Leonard, a gay man who is sophisticated about his own unhappiness, whose friendship has "shed more light on the mysterious nature of ordinary human relations than has any other intimacy" she has known. The exchange between Gornick and Leonard acts as a Greek chorus to the main action of the narrator's continual engagement on the street with grocers, derelicts, and doormen; people on the bus, cross-dressers on the corner, and acquaintances by the handful. In Leonard she sees herself reflected plain; out on the street she makes sense of what she sees. Written as a narrative collage that includes meditative pieces on the making of a modern feminist, the role of the flaneur in urban literature, and the evolution of friendship over the past two centuries, The Odd Woman and the City beautifully bookends Gornick's acclaimed Fierce Attachments, in which we first encountered her rich relationship with the ultimate metropolis"--
The art of the personal by Vivian Gornick( Book )

1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

O pioneers! by Willa Cather( Book )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Alexandra, daughter of a Swedish immigrant farmer in Nebraska, inherits the family farm and finds love with an old friend
How I found America : collected stories of Anzia Yezierska by Anzia Yezierska( Book )

1 edition published in 1991 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The solitude of self : thinking about Elizabeth Cady Stanton
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The situation and the story : the art of personal narrativeThe end of the novel of loveWomen in science : then and nowEmma Goldman : revolution as a way of lifeThe men in my lifeWomen in science : 100 journeys into the territoryFierce attachments : a memoirEscribir narrativa personal