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Since the publication of her groundbreaking novel, Bastard Out of Carolina (1992), Dorothy Allison (b. 1949) has been knownÃ¢ÂÂas with Larry Brown and Lee SmithÃ¢ÂÂas a purveyor of the Ã¢ÂÂgrittyÃ¢ÂÂ contemporary South that, in many ways, is worlds away from prevailing Ã¢ÂÂSouthern GothicÃ¢ÂÂ representations of the region. Allison has frequently used her position, through passionate lectures and enthusiastic interviews, to give voice to issues dear to her: poverty, working-class life, domestic violence, feminism and womenÃ¢ÂÂs relationships, the contemporary South, and gay/lesbian life. Often called a Ã¢ÂÂwriter-rock starÃ¢ÂÂ and a Ã¢ÂÂcult icon,Ã¢ÂÂ Allison is a true performer of the written word.
At the same time, Allison also takes the craft of writing very seriously. In this collection, spanning almost two decades, Allison the performer and Allison the careful craftsperson both emerge, creating a portrait of a complex woman. The interviews detail AllisonÃ¢ÂÂs working-class background in Greenville, South Carolina, as the daughter of a waitress. Allison discussesÃ¢ÂÂwith candor and quick witÃ¢ÂÂher upbringing, her work in a variety of modes (novels, short stories, essays, poetry), and her active participation in the womenÃ¢ÂÂs movement of the 1970s.
In the absence of a biography of AllisonÃ¢ÂÂs life, Conversations with Dorothy Allison presents AllisonÃ¢ÂÂs perspectives on her life, literature, and her conflictions over her role as a public figure. Linking her work with African American writers such as Zora Neale Hurston and Toni Morrison, Allison pioneered the genre of working-class literature, writing a world that is often overlooked and under-studied.
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