Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches (Crossing Press Feminist Series)

By Audre Lorde

Proposing the fundamental writings of black lesbian poet and feminist author Audre Lorde, SISTER OUTSIDER celebrates an influential voice in twentieth-century literature. during this charged choice of fifteen essays and speeches, Lorde takes on sexism, racism, ageism, homophobia, and sophistication, and propounds social distinction as a motor vehicle for motion and alter. Her prose is incisive, unflinching, and lyrical, reflecting fight yet finally delivering messages of desire. This commemorative variation features a new foreword by way of Lorde pupil and poet Cheryl Clarke, who celebrates the ways that Lorde's philosophies resonate greater than 20 years once they have been first released. those landmark writings are, in Lorde's personal phrases, a choice to “never shut our eyes to the phobia, to the chaos that is Black that's inventive that's girl that's darkish that's rejected that's messy that's. . . .”







 Reviews"'s been nearly 1 / 4 of a century seeing that Audre Lorde's essays and speeches in Sister Outsider made an indelible mark on 20th-century literature. however the phrases of the black lesbian feminist poet appear as lyrical and unforgettable, and, unfortunately, as appropriate this day as whilst she first tackled every thing from racism and homophobia to ageism and sophistication dichotomies. vital ebook that each lesbian may still read."—Curve Editor's Pick “Lorde was once a super feminist poet and highbrow whose theories at the strength of embracing our inner contradictions in addition to the diversities among humans and teams is the best way to robust coalition construction and social progress.” —New York publish, Sunday “Poet and librarian Lorde accrued 15 of her best essays and speeches during this 1984 quantity. together with her poet's command of language, she addresses sexism, racism, black ladies, black lesbians, eroticism, and extra. nonetheless powerful.”—Library magazine, Starred Review“Audre Lorde is a passionate sage. I say ‘is' and never ‘was' simply because her willing insights proceed to impress and maintain us and provides us braveness. The reissue of this publication is a present to longtime admirers and to new readers who've but to find the facility and charm and luxurious audacity of Audre Lorde.”—Valerie Miner, writer of After Eden and professor of feminist reports at Stanford University“[Lorde's] works may be very important to these actually drawn to becoming up delicate, clever, and aware.”—New York occasions

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