Media, Technology, and Education

Biographies of Women

About 15 months ago, I wrote a blog post about my pandemic project of listening to biographies of creative women. I have continued listening to biographies (and memoirs in some cases) of interesting women. Here’s an updated list of women I have learned about.

  1. May Sarton: a biography by Margot Peters
  2. James Tiptree, Jr. : The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon by Julie Phillips
  3. Diane Arbus: Portrait of a Photographer by Arthur Lubow
  4. Dorothea Lange: A Life Beyond Limits by Linda Gordon
  5. The Power of Adrienne Rich: A Biography by Hilary Holladay
  6. Sometimes You Have to Lie: The Life and Times of Louise Fitzhugh, Renegade Author of Harriet the Spy by Leslie Brody
  7. Peggy Guggenheim: The Shock of the Modern by Francine Prose
  8. Portrait of an Artist: A Biography of Georgia O’Keeffe by Laurie Lisle
  9. Sontag: Her Life and Work by Benjamin Moser
  10. Red Comet: The Short Life and Blazing Art of Sylvia Plath by Heather Clark
  11. Make Trouble by Cecile Richards
  12. In Pieces by Sally Field
  13. Becoming by Michelle Obama
  14. The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher
  15. Love, Loss, and What We Ate: A Memoir by Padma Lakshmi
  16. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
  17. Know My Name: A Memoir by Chanel Miller
  18. Journal of a Solitude by May Sarton
  19. How I Became a Writer by Gloria Steinem
  20. The Equivalents: A Story of Art, Female Friendship, and Liberation in the 1960s by Maggie Doherty (about Anne Sexton, Maxine Kumin, Barbara Swan, Mariana Pineda, and Tillie Olson)
  21. Blue Territory: A Meditation on the Life and Art of Joan Mitchell by Tandy Cronyn
  22. Square Haunting: Five Writers in London Between the Wars by Francesca Wade (about Hilda Doolittle, Dorothy Sayers, Jane Harrison, Eileen Power, and Virginia Woolf)
  23. Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry by Imani Perry
  24. Sybille Bedford: A Life by Selina Hastings
  25. Love Unknown: The Life and Worlds of Elizabeth Bishop by Thomas Travisano
  26. Dark Star: A Biography of Vivien Leigh by Alan Strachan
  27. Ninth Street Women: Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell, and Helen Frankenthaler: Five Painters and the Movement that Changed Modern Art by Mary Gabriel
  28. A Handful of Earth, A Handful of Sky: The World of Octavia Butler by Lynell George
  29. Gold Dust Woman: The Biography of Stevie Nicks by Stephen Davis
  30. If This Was Happiness: A Biography of Rita Hayworth by Barbara Leaming
  31. Three Martini Afternoons at the Ritz: The Rebellion of Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton by Gail Crowther
  32. Patricia Highsmith: Her Diaries and Notebooks: 1941-1995 by Patricia Highsmith and Anna von Planta
  33. Marlene Dietrich: The Life by Maria Riva
  34. Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay by Nancy Milford
  35. Ten Steps to Nanette: A Memoir Situation by Hannah Gadsby
  36. Hello, Gorgeous: Becoming Barbra Streisand by William J. Mann
  37. Capote’s Women: A True Story of Love, Betrayal, and Swan Song for an Era by Laurence Leamer (about Babe Paley, Gloria Guiness, Marella Agnelli, Slim Hayward, Pamela Churchill, C.Z. Guest, and Lee Radziwell)
  38. Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life by Ruth Franklin


Image Credit: Shadow Angel taken by me on August 24, 2019


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I am currently Professor of Digital Media at Plymouth State University in Plymouth, NH. I am also the current Coordinator of General Education at the University. I am interested in astrophotography, game studies, digital literacies, open pedagogies, and generally how technology impacts our culture.

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