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Naomi Mitchison:  A Profile of Her Life and Work

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Naomi Mitchison: A Profile of Her Life and Work

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Author: Lesley Hall
Publisher: Aqueduct Press, 2007
Series: Conversation Pieces: Book 15

1. The Grand Conversation
2. With Her Body
3. Changeling
4. Counting on Wildflowers
5. The Traveling Tide
6. The Adventures of the Faithful Counselor
7. Ordinary People
8. Writing the Other
9. Alien Bootlegger
10. The Red Rose Rages (Bleeding)
11. Talking Back
12. Absolute Uncertainty
13. Candle in a Bottle
14. Knots
15. Naomi Mitchison
16. We, Robots
17. Making Love in Madrid
18. Of Love and Other Monsters
19. Aliens of the Heart
20. Voices from Fairyland
21. My Death
22. De Secretis Mulierum
23. Distances
24. Three Observations and a Dialogue
25. The Buonarotti Quartet
26. Slightly Behind and to the Left
27. Through the Drowsy Dark
28. Shotgun Lullabies
29. A Brood of Foxes
30. The Bone Spindle
31. The Last Letter
32. We Wuz Pushed
33. The Receptionist and Other Tales
34. Birds and Birthdays
35. The Queen, the Cambion, and Seven Others
36. Spring in Geneva
37. The XY Conspiracy
39. Myths, Metaphors, and Science Fiction
40. NoFood
41. The Haunted Girl
42. Three Songs for Roxy
43. Ghost Signs
44. The Prince of the Aquamarines
45. Back, Belly, and Side
46. A Day in Deep Freeze
47. A Field Guide to the Spirits
48. Marginalia to Stone Bird
49. Unpronounceable
50. Sleeping Under the Tree of Life
51. Other Places
52. Monteverde
53. The Adventure of the Incognita Countess
54. Boundaries, Border Crossings, and Reinventing the Future
55. Liberating the Astronauts
56. In Search of Lost Time
58. Helen's Story
59. Liminal Spaces
60. Feed Me the Bones of Our Saints
61. If Not Skin
62. The Adventure of the Dux Bellorum
65. The Green and Growing
69. The Rampant
70. Mary Shelley Makes a Monster
72. City of a Thousand Feelings
73. The Adventure of the Naked Guide
75. Sacred Summer

Book Type: Non-Fiction
Genre: Science-Fiction
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Synopsis

A member of the famed Haldane family, Naomi Mitchison lived an adventurous, politically engaged, and well-examined life even as she wrote dozens of novels and works of nonfiction. From campaigning for women's right to information about and the means of birth control to running for Parliament, from practicing "open marriage" in her own life to exploring a range of sexual arrangements in her fiction, for all of her 101 years, Mitchison embraced change as few people ever manage to do. Along the way she pioneered a new kind of historical novel that combined the immediacy of modern language with an ability to evoke the otherness of the past with great vividness and published her first work of feminist sf in 1962, a few years before the resurgence of feminism with its second wave.

In her profile of Mitchison's life and work, Lesley A. Hall offers an overview of this prolific writer's life and work, beginning from her upper-class origins, through her radicalization as a feminist and socialist and her experimentation and examination of sexual arrangements, to her life as a writer repeatedly breaking new ground.


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