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America --Meet Modernism! The Women of the Little Magazine Movement is a special issue, entirely devoted to the feisty women who ushered in modernism in literature and art. The Little Magazine Movement is as significant a literary landmark as the 1913 Armory Show is to Art.
The women who founded these ground-breaking literary magazines were hugely adventurous; they wanted to be at the epicenter of the literary endeavor, at the heart of Modernism. They insisted on being essential players in their time, not an easy accomplishment for women in the first half of the twentieth century. Some of the most important of the little magazines -- the original 19th century Dial, Poetry, The Little Review, Story, Twice A year, and, in Latin America, Sur, were founded and run by women, who introduced to this continent Cubism, Surrealism, Futurism and feminist and Freudian theory. Among the writers these pioneering women -- Margaret Fuller, Harriet Monroe, Margaret Anderson, Jane Heap, Marianne Moore, Martha Foley, Victoria Ocampo and Dorothy Norman -- discovered, were Ezra Pound, T.S. Eliot, Zora Neale Hurston, Carson McCullers, Franz Kafka, James Joyce, Anton Chekhov, Marianne Moore, Amy Lowell, Ernest Hemingway, John Cheever, Mina Loy, Norman Mailer, and Virginia Woolf.
Barbara Probst Solomon is Editor, with the collaboration of the Sarah Lawrence Graduate Writing Program: Nicole Davis, Ann Fine, Pamela Hoffman, Pamela Johnson, Martha Mortenson, Lynn Pitts, Tamuira Reid, Donna Zucker. Other contributors: Michael True.
The multi-media show of America -- Meet Modernism! in conjunction with the magazine was curated by Solomon and her collaborating team. It previewed at Sarah Lawrence College; the expanded exhibit moved to the Cervantes Institute in New York in Fall '04 to considerable press acclaim. The exhibit included a unique display of these "little"magazines, including The Dial 1842 and a rare copy of the 1917 Little Review's first publication of Ulysses (saved by Margaret Anderson from the burning of the issue by the Post Office). The show featured a collection of forty photographs of the legendary editors and authors of these magazines (some taken by Berenice Abbott, Man Ray, Alfred Stieglitz, and Dorothy Norman), vintage posters advertising the magazines and a detailed literary timeline (reproduced from America -- Meet Modernism!) of the women who created these magazines. Also featured was a special film cycle -- Anais Nin, Simone de Beauvoir and Marguerite Duras on their own lives.
For information on the availability of this exhibit for universities and museums contact: Great Marsh Press: attention Special Exhibits, P.O. Box 2144, Lenox Hill Station, NY, NY 10021.
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