Faculty Book: Mary Ann Caws, editor
Mary Ann Caws, editor
Maria Jolas, Woman of Action: A Memoir and Other Writings
(University of South Carolina Press, 2004; 176 pp.)
Maria McDonald Jolas, member of a distinguished Kentucky family and cofounder with Eugene Jolas of the international literary journal transition, has been called, somewhat to her discomfort, "the leading lady of Paris literati of the Thirties." The collection, edited and introduced by Professor Mary Ann Caws, demonstrates why Jolas deserved those accolades and takes full measure of her contribution to our understanding of modernism. Caws supplements Jolas' memoir with radio addresses, lectures, journal entries, and letters, giving voice to a woman whose legacy has too often been effaced by that of her colorful husband and famous friends. Caws is a distinguished professor of English, French, and comparative literature at The Graduate Center.
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Submitted on: AUG 1, 2004