Zami: A New Spelling of My Name by Audre Lorde

Zami: A New Spelling of My Name is a 1982 autobiography by American poet Audre Lorde. It started a new genre that the author calls biomythography, which combines history, biography, and myth. In the text, Lorde writes that "Zami" is "a Carriacou name for women who work together as friends and lovers," Carriacou being the Caribbean island from which her mother immigrated. The name is fitting: Lorde begins Zami writing that she owes her power and strength to the women in her life, and much of the book is devoted to detailed portraits of other women.

The 519th greatest nonfiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 100 Novels That Shaped Our World (BBC)

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Zami: A New Spelling of my Name (Penguin Modern Classics) Paperback 5331709 $10.26 $7.10
Zami: A New Spelling of My Name - A Biomythography (Crossing Press Feminist Series) Paperback 68762 $8.99 $2.63 1982
Zami: A New Spelling of My Name: A Biomythography Kindle Edition 77223 2011
Zami, a new spelling of my name (Crossing Press feminist series) Paperback 4187561 $4.96
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