In Extremis by Deborah Baker
The Life of Laura Riding

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In her poetry, fiction, essays, and public statements, Laura Riding tackled Freud, feminism, communism, language and belief, sexuality, and the coming of age of the American dream. Her range of associations includes writers such as Hart Crane, Gertrude Stein, Allen Tate, and Robert Penn Warren. Now comes a brilliantly original biography of her life. 16 pages of photographs.
 

About Deborah Baker

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In 1990 Deborah Baker moved to Calcutta where she studied Bengali and wrote "In Extremis: The Life of Laura Riding," a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in Biography. Since then, her essays have appeared in a range of publications from "The New York Times" to the Calcutta Statesmen. With her husband, the writer Amitav Ghosh, and her two children Lila and Nayan, she now divides her time between Calcutta, Goa and Brooklyn.
 
Published January 1, 1993 by Hamish Hamilton. 448 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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After Riding reputedly drove Mrs. Jackson insane, she married Schuylar, destroyed her own poetry, invested many years in compiling a dictionary, and, finally, retired for the last 50 years of her life to a tin-roofed hut, without electricity or plumbing, in Wabasso, Florida.

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Acknowledging the difficulty of accurately portraying a writer who continuously reinvented herself, Baker ( Making a Farm ) draws heavily on unpublished works to achieve some success in illuminating the life of Laura Riding (1901-1991).

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Riding was the young woman who took a suicidal leap from a window of Graves' London flat in 1929.

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Robert Graves wrote from England: he admired her poems and invited her to accompany him and his family to Egypt, where he was to lecture.

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But despite her doughty efforts to upgrade a female artist undoubtedly overshadowed by that Dead White European Male, Robert Graves, she has fallen foul of Laura Riding, as have other would-be biographers before her.

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