Sharp: The Women Who Made an Art of Having an Opinion

Sharp: The Women Who Made an Art of Having an Opinion

The ten brilliant women who are the focus of Sharp came from different backgrounds and had vastly divergent political and artistic opinions. But they all made a significant contribution to the cultural and intellectual history of America and ultimately changed the course of the twentieth century, in spite of the men who often undervalued or dismissed their work. These ten The ten brilliant women who are the focus of Sharp came from different backgrounds and had vastly divergent political and...

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Title:Sharp: The Women Who Made an Art of Having an Opinion
Author:Michelle Dean
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:B075VD7X6L
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:384 pages pages

Sharp: The Women Who Made an Art of Having an Opinion Reviews

  • Emi Bevacqua
    Dec 10, 2017
    I love the way Michelle Dean structured and titled this brilliantly researched collection of female writers, beyond mere bios to highlight contradictions and parallels, intrasections and stances on issues as far-reaching as politics, feminism, and culture. These women may have been des...
  • Paul Bryant
    May 14, 2018
    Mary McCarthy saw Susan Sontag at a party, where else, and said to her ?I hear you?re the new me.? **** This account of the careers of Dorothy Parker, Hannah Arendt, Mary McCarthy, Susan Sontag, Pauline Kael, Joan Didion, Nora Ephron, Renata Adler and Janet Malcolm with ...
  • Gina
    Jun 11, 2018
    I would give this book 4.5 stars if that were possible. I really enjoyed it. If you're looking for a brief but beautifully researched overview of the interconnected lives and works of Dorothy Parker, Rebecca West, Mary McCarthy, Hannah Arendt, Susan Sontag, Joan Didion, Janet Malcolm, ...
  • Laura
    Apr 26, 2018
    From BBC Radio 4 - Book of the week: As part of the Algonquin Round Table, Dorothy Parker established her reputation as one of the most brilliant wits in New York and came to epitomize the liberated woman of the 1920s. Mary McCarthy As both a novelist and a critic McCarthy was not...
  • Rebecca H.
    May 21, 2018
    https://ofbooksandbikes.com/2018/05/2... ...
  • Megan Abbott
    Apr 10, 2018
    An outstanding, must-read book--lovers of Didion, Sontag, Dorothy Parker or all the other brilliant women explored here: this is for you. A gift to the discussion of 20th-century arts and letters. And a lovesong to smart women. ...
  • Nancy
    Jun 17, 2018
    This was not an easy book to read, but I am glad that I stuck with it and finished. As the subtitle indicates, Sharp is about "The Women Who Made an Art of Having an Opinion." (Aside: I recently heard a local talk host query, "Why do all current books seems to have subtitles?" Why?) Th...
  • Annarella
    Feb 13, 2018
    A really interesting books about really interesting women. Strongly recommended. Many thanks to Netgalley and Grove Atlantic ...
  • Bayneeta
    May 31, 2018
    Only really knew and read four of the women covered here: Dorothy Parker, Mary McCarthy, Joan Didion, and Nora Ephron. The other six were familiar names, but aside from Pauline Kael, I was pretty clueless. But I found it an interesting, well-researched book with more than forty pages o...
  • Brenda
    Apr 22, 2018
    If this book does nothing more than get the next generations reading its subjects, it will have done enough. But it does a whole lot more. Michelle Dean is a treasure. Here, she gives us chewy, arguable opinions and rigorous research. I?m jealous of the deep reading she did for t...
  • Tess
    Feb 16, 2018
    Gobbled this book up in a few sittings. Loved reading more about women I already admired, and learning a lot about a few I didn't know much about. A beautifully written and well researched book. ...
  • Jill Elizabeth
    May 02, 2018
    I am fascinated by the "early" woman thinkers - those women who developed a reputation for intellectual rigor and originality in a time (the early 1900s) when such domains were considered the exclusive property of men. I was familiar with nearly all of the phenomenally talented women i...
  • Annette G
    May 11, 2018
    I?m a sucker for biographical information used to provide a point outside of a history. This collection highlights women I had not heard of or only had an idea of by describing their time periods, motivations, successes, failures, and relationships to one another. I loved the format ...
  • Alex Sarll
    Feb 02, 2018
    A collection studying various female writers who at least began in the 20th century, all of whom were at one or another time called 'sharp' - which may seem a bit of a stretch, as premises go, but it stands for a whole constellation of qualities: women who because they weren't 'nice' w...
  • Rebecca Foster
    May 09, 2018
    (2.5) ?People have trouble with women who aren?t ?nice,? ? who have the courage to sometimes be wrong in public.? In compiling 10 mini-biographies of twentieth-century women writers and cultural critics who weren?t afraid to be unpopular, Dean (herself a literary critic) ...
  • Claudia Tessier
    Feb 22, 2018
    An interesting exploration of 10 "sharp" women of the 20th century, all writers and feminist influencers in one way or another. The author does an excellent job of not only discussing each woman but also demonstrating links among them. Of value in relation to understanding each woman a...
  • Rhiannon Johnson
    Apr 15, 2018
    *Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. No additional compensation was received* Please read this review on my blog: http://ivoryowlreviews.blogspot.com/2... A great compilation of admirable and witty women! Each of the book's chapters f...
  • Marissa
    Jan 27, 2018
    Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing this book in exchange for an honest review. A recent trend in nonfiction revolves around anthologies of great women. Across ages and genres, notable women of the past are being highlighted in collections of their lives and works...
  • Leslie Lehr
    May 01, 2018
    Sharp is a long overdue collection of profiles of women who sharpened their pens in public long before the Internet. Some of the these, like Parker, McCarthy, Sontag, Didion, and Ephron, I knew of and was surprised to see how true their thoughts still rang. In fact, it put in context t...
  • Christen
    Apr 22, 2018
    Conflicted is how I feel about this book. I enjoyed reading about Dorothy Parker; I had a hard time with the other writers. Perhaps it is because the author went to the pettiness and the criticism of each of the females authors had with each other. She threw in a good measure included ...
  • Sarah Perchikoff
    Dec 29, 2017
    Before reading Sharp by Michelle Dean, I wasn't under the impression that the women in this book were going to become some kind of role models for me, but I guess I expected them to be a little more together, maybe a little less petty. Now, don't get me wrong, I love some petty. Espe...
  • Victoria's Book Reviews
    Mar 05, 2018
    Loved this. Sharp by Michelle Dean gives insights into the lives and work of some of the 20th century?s most influential women writers. Dorothy Parker, Rebecca West, Hannah Arendt, Mary McCarthy, Susan Sontag, Pauline Kael, Joan Didion Nora Ephron Renata Adler & Janet Malcolm... ...
  • Samantha
    Apr 18, 2018
    What a disappointment. This is a book about women who built careers on criticism, yet does very little to really, truly delve into the minefield of what it means to be a person whose very existence is ?critical? (Living While Female) while turning the mirror around on the socie...
  • Natalie Daher
    Apr 22, 2018
    A meticulously researched overview of the women who shaped twentieth century public arguments. In a society still averse to outspoken women, this book holds a mirror to a world today's women writers likely wish existed. ...
  • Kate Klassa
    Jan 11, 2018
    Sharp is an exceptionally well written exploration of some of the most influential women writers of the last century. Almost every chapter explores a different woman's writing, giving details of their childhood and adolescent years as well as the intimate details of their writing caree...
  • Kristina Reads -  Books. Blogs. Memes.
    Mar 08, 2018
    Honestly, this just felt like reading a textbook. ...
  • Maggie Tiede
    May 07, 2018
    Sharp: The Women Who Made an Art of Having an Opinion is a biography-cum-reckoning about the legacy of ten extraordinary women: Dorothy Parker, Rebecca West, Hannah Arendt, Mary McCarthy, Nora Ephron, Susan Sontag, Renata Adler, Joan Didion, Janet Malcolm, and Zora Neale Hurston. O...
  • Mara
    Mar 29, 2018
    This wasn't precisely what I had expected, but seeing as this turns out to be an intellectual history of notable 20th century female public thinkers, I was quite happy with what I got. Michelle Dean has a real talent for picking choice quotes and events from her subjects, and I was del...
  • Eleanor
    Apr 08, 2018
    At its best, Sharp feels like a lighthouse's glare beamed into the dark depths of a brackish ocean. It illuminates the lives of its subjects, whether you've never heard them before or, in fact especially, when you thought you'd heard everything about them. The book, as Dean must have h...
  • Pat Carroll
    May 16, 2018
    From the days when argument mattered, this is a thoughtful, thoroughly reported survey of ten public intellectuals connected by their chromosomes and the ability to write well. Michelle Dean does a little too much linking for me, but the links are there and make a decent organizing pri...