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Emma Goldman


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Vivian Gornick is the author of, among other books, the acclaimed memoir Fierce Attachments and three essay collections: The End of the Novel of Love, Approaching Eye Level, and, most recently, The Men in My Life. She lives in New York City.


"Arresting . . . Gornick sees Goldman's lifelong commitment to anarchism as doing 'what Tolstoy said a work of art should do: It made people love life more'; this generous book does the same."-New Yorker * New Yorker *
"[An] elegant portrait."-Russell Baker, New York Review of Books -- Russell Baker * New York Review of Books *
"An intense, engrossing essay written with an allusive, sinuous style."-Fred Siegel, Wall Street Journal -- Fred Siegel * Wall Street Journal *
"[A] fascinating biography...Gornick weaves it together in an accessible and engaging way...a timely and valuable contribution."-Jennifer Lipman, Jewish Chronicle -- Jennifer Lipman * Jewish Chronicle *
Finalist for the 2011 National Jewish Book Award in the Biography, Autobiography, and Memoir category, as given by the Jewish Book Council. -- National Jewish Book Award * Jewish Book Council *
Honorable Mention in the Biography/Autobiography category at the Los Angeles Book Festival. -- Biography/Autobiography Honorable Mention * Los Angeles Book Festival *
Finalist for the 2012 Book of the Year in the Biography category, as awarded by ForeWord Magazine. -- Book of the Year Bronze Winner * ForeWord Magazine *
"Vivian Gornick has a gripping new entry in Yale's Jewish Lives series...She has breathed new life into one of the liveliest figures of modern history-not a rebel without a cause but a rebel with many causes."-David Shribman, Boston Globe -- David Shribman * Boston Globe *

"Emma Goldman's life is a biographer's dream, with walk-on parts for many of the great figures of 20th-century history, from Lenin to Freud, and an astounding trajectory from poverty in Lithuania to America's most famous anarchist."-The Sunday Telegraph * The Sunday Telegraph *

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