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The Cancer Journals

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The Cancer Journals

By  Audre Lorde , Foreword by  Tracy K. Smith
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Moving between journal entry, memoir, and exposition, Audre Lorde fuses the personal and political as she reflects on her experience coping with breast cancer and a radical mastectomy.

A Penguin Classic

First published over forty years ago, The Cancer Journals is a startling, powerful account of Audre Lorde's experience with breast cancer and mastectomy. Long before narratives explored the silences around illness and women's pain, Lorde questioned the rules of conformity for women's body images and supported the need to confront physical loss not hidden by prosthesis. Living as a "black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet," Lorde heals and re-envisions herself on her own terms and offers her voice, grief, resistance, and courage to those dealing with their own diagnosis. Poetic and profoundly feminist, Lorde's testament gives visibility and strength to women with cancer to define themselves, and to transform their silence into language and action.

Audre Lorde (1934-1992) published nine volumes of poetry and five works of prose. She was a recipient of many distinguished honors and awards, including honorary doctorates from Hunter, Oberlin, and Haverford Colleges, and was named New York State Poet (1991-1993).

ISBN: 9780143135203

ISBN-10: 9780143135203

Publisher: Penguin Classics

Publication Date: 10/13/2020 - 12:00am

On Sale: 10/13/2020 - 12:00am

Pages: 96

Language: English


Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs

Health & Fitness / Diseases / Cancer

Social Science / Feminism & Feminist Theory

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