Emma Goldman: Revolution as a Way of Life (Jewish Lives)

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Emma Goldman is 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. To hear Emma describe, in language as magnetic as it was illuminating, what the boot felt like on the neck, was to experience the mythic quality of organized oppression. As the women and men in her audience listened to her, the homeliness of their own small lives became invested with a sense of drama that acted as a catalyst for the wild, vagrant hope that things need not always be as they were. All you had to do, she promised, was resist. In time, she herself would become a world-famous symbol for the spirit of resistance to the power of institutional authority over the lone individual.

In Emma Goldman, Vivian Gornick draws a surpassingly intimate and insightful portrait of a woman of heroic proportions whose performance on the stage of history did what Tolstoy said a work of art should do: it made people love life more.

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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.

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"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)

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)

Won Honorable Mention for the 2011-2012 Los Angeles Book Festival in the Biography/Autobiography category (Biography/Autobiography Honorable Mention Los Angeles Book Festival 2012-06-07)

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)

"Vivian Gornick brings Emma Goldman to life, evokes her spirit in all its ambition and anguish, and explains why today's reader should care about her rebelliousness and audacity. Gornick makes clear that, ideology aside, Goldman's will to take her life in her hands, her striving to reconcile the stirrings of the personal soul with the social imperative, are an inspiration."—Todd Gitlin, author of The Sixties: Years of Hope, Days of Rage (Todd Gitlin)

“Gornick’s portrayal of Goldman captures Goldman’s psychological makeup in a profound, empathetic, and eloquent way.”—Alice Wexler, author of Emma Goldman: An Intimate Life (Alice Wexler)

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