Judith Thurman

Judith Thurman is an American writer, biographer, and critic. She is known for her biographies of Isak Dinesen and Colette, as well as her contributions to The New Yorker.


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  1. 1. Isak Dinesen

    The biography explores the life of Isak Dinesen, a pseudonym for the Danish author Karen Blixen, who is best known for her evocative and hauntingly beautiful tales set against the backdrop of her life in Kenya. The book delves into her aristocratic upbringing in Denmark, her marriage and move to Africa where she ran a coffee plantation, and her complex personal relationships. It also examines her return to Denmark and her subsequent rise to literary fame. The biography provides a detailed and nuanced portrait of a complex and enigmatic figure, whose works and persona left a lasting impact on the literary world.

    The 7042nd Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. Secrets Of The Flesh

    "Secrets of the Flesh" is a comprehensive biography that delves into the life and work of a pioneering French writer, known for her controversial and ahead-of-her-time ideas on gender, sexuality, and identity. The book explores her complex relationships, intellectual pursuits, and the societal challenges she faced, providing a vivid portrayal of her personal struggles and triumphs. It also examines her significant impact on feminist literature and thought, offering insights into her enduring influence on contemporary discussions about women's rights and freedom.

    The 8985th Greatest Book of All Time