Half-Lives by Erica Jong - PDF and EPUB eBook

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A rapturous collection of poetry from the early 1970s, Half-Lives offers one woman's perspective on a society in a state...

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Details of Half-Lives

Exact title of the book
Half-Lives
Book author
Erica Jong
Book edition
Unknown Binding
Number of pages
277 pages
Language
English
Published
January 1st 1973 by Holt McDougal
File size (in PDF)
1108 kB
Half-Lives

Some brief overview of book

A rapturous collection of poetry from the early 1970s, Half-Lives offers one woman's perspective on a society in a state of rapid flux. Jong's poems mix together easy-to-read language, straightforward syntax, and raunchy humor in a blend of sensuous images. But an overwhelming sadness lurks behind the sparkling facade of the collection's anti-academic aesthetic.

Entertaining as Jong's poems are, they deal almost exclusively with difficult subjects: the financial hardships of life as a woman poet, the loss of a beloved partner, the desire to avoid abusive relationships. Jong seems to have designed her accessible style, then, in part to help her and her readers approach painful topics from a safe distance.