Words and Worlds
From Autobiography to Zippers
by Alison Lurie
Pub Date 14 May 2019
I am reviewing a copy of Words and World’s through Delphinium and Netgalley:
In this engaging collection of newly published essays. In this book of essays the novelist gathers reflections on the writing life as well as sharing fond recollections of inspiring friends as well as perceptive, playful commentary, ranging from Children’s Litt, to fashion and feminism. In this book she cites her husbands comment to her that “No one asked you to write a novel,” Lurie uses this book to explain why there was never another choice for her, she was meant to write.
Alison Lurie looks back to her life as a college student at Radcliffe in the 1940’s, a time when the world was at war, there was rations and a wall of sexism was up, a well that said Harvard was only for men. In this book Lurie offer a gleeful glimpse into Jonathan Miller’s production of Hamlet, as well as a place for memorializing mentors and close friends like the poet James Merrill, Illustrator Edward Gorey and New York Review Of Books Co-editor Barbara Epstein! In Words and World’s Lurie celebrates the creative artists who both encouraged as well as inspired her!
Alison Lurie is a lifelong devotee Of Children’s Literature who suggests saying no to Narnia, encourages us to revisit The Harry Potter series, she also tells the truth about Pinocchio.
In this book Lurie returns to a favorite subject of hers, that being fashion, she goes on to discuss the symbolism and meaning of Aprons, talks about how the invention of the zipper made dressing both faster as well as sexier and tells of how being abandoned by Vogue at the age of sixty gave her true freedom in fashion.
I found Words and World’s to be an entertaining, well written book, and though I cannot say I agree with every aspect of this book, I do believe it is worthy of five out of five stars!