When Margery Latimer died in childbirth in 1932 at the age of 33, she left behind a small body of published and unpublished fiction.These stories reveal a writer working in a distinctly modern idiomâ€”ironic, distancing, and somewhat surreal, Margery Latimer explores sexuality and the unconscious in a recognizable midwestern setting....
|Title||:||Guardian Angel and Other Stories|
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Guardian Angel and Other Stories Reviews
Very good indeed - unexpectedly "modern" feel - fans of Kavan/Joy Williams/Lispector etc should find much they like here. more details here: http://joycastro.com/Latimer%20articl...And a wonderful, short, piece by her on experimental writing can be read here: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/4...
The Review of Contemporary Fiction: Fall 2001: Gilbert Sorrentino/William Gaddis/Mary Caponegro/Margery Latimer.Did you read that title? Try again ::The Review of Contemporary Fiction: Fall 2001: Gilbert Sorrentino/William Gaddis/Mary Caponegro/Margery LatimerI'll spell it out ::SorrentinoGaddisCaponegroMargery Latimer.The present volume is a 1984 reprint from The Feminist Press. gr=Ratings -- 6. Of the four Latimer volumes in the gr=db, a total of :: eleven (.11.) gr=Ratings. This is how difficult the unBURIAL is. How is her writing? Very good. Personally, the shorter ones in here rang more solid than the longer titular. But if you have an affinity for the modernist short story, no doubt -- you need to read Latimer, you are required to read Latimer. And [Q::] what's your excuse for not having read Latimer? A:: she's BURIED. You should be utterly incensed that no one ever in your life previously has provided you with the opportunity to read Latimer because they did not even perform the least courtesy of providing you with the knowledge of even her faintest existence. Here's some little facts ::--Latimer was protege of the first Pulitzer Winning Woman :: Zona Gale (for drama).--Married Jean Toomer.--She and Toomer were involved in some nutty stuff inspired by the nutty G.I. Gurdjieff, the Deepak Chopra of his day I suppose.--Died in child=birth at 33.--This Feminist Press edition comes complete with three Afterwords ;; The Life, The Memoir, and The Work.--It would appear that the go=to expert on Latimer is one Joy Castro. She provided the essay in the RCF. (view spoiler)[ I just can't resist another ReadaLong mit NR this Saturday morn. I'll be reading ::"Joy Castro on Margery Latimerâ€™s â€śThe New Freedomâ€ť: A Manifesto of the Modernist as a Young Woman: A Manifesto of the Modernist as a Young Woman"http://www.essaydaily.org/2013/05/joy..."...immediately fell in love with her gorgeous, weird, difficult fiction." The adjective "difficult" which some find so controversial is always reassuring to me. Allow the difficulties."Abandoning my sensible plan to write a dissertation on canonical modernists, I devoted myself to Latimerâ€™s novels and short stories, and I never looked back.""scholars have found almost no modernist manifestoes authored by women, so I was stunned to discover Latimerâ€™s flash essay â€śThe New Freedom.â€ť"https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...[thanks, Sean!]"a young writer who went on to publish in the same high modernist venues as Faulkner, Stein, and Joyce"â€śEveryone knows the sort of person who tells you to break up your thoughts with commas and semicolons instead of periods. And who bewails the ignorance of modern writers.â€ť --Latimer [and bewails the ignorance of the POSTmodernist writers!]"Then you will want to keep on murdering words. It will become your favorite pastime.â€ť --Latimer"Latimer casts literary convention as a cranky man who bellows and roars his authority, a tyrannical traditionalist of the English language who â€śwants you to wilt but you must not.â€ť" --like many a gr=Reviewer who mention first and foremost the lack of plot and the unlikable characters. They like what they like, but they're cranks."â€śyou are more important than he isâ€ť --Latimer"together with her use of second-person address, opens space to construct her readerâ€”that is, the fellow experimental writerâ€”as potentially female.""Now you are free to add to the race of words as rapidly as you please. . . . Donâ€™t let anyone stop you! Down with birth control!â€ť --Latimerâ€śIf you have ever watched a word put on its hat and walk down your tongue out into the world you will always want it to do as it pleases. . . . And now your words will make their own streets and cities and worlds.â€ť --That is vintage Gass. I say, Gass plagiarized Latimer!!! "J'accuse ...!" "â€śThe New Freedomâ€ť broke fresh ground. Five years would pass before Virginia Woolf would publishâ€”again employing the essay formâ€”the most famous feminist literary manifesto we have" (hide spoiler)]That's pretty much what I've got for you this morning. Please do yourself a favor and work into your '18 Reading Agenda a little Spade=WERK. There's more deserving writers than have been dreamed of by our literary establishments.
(3.5) Margery Latimer is a buried American modernist writer. This book published by The Feminist Press contains a selection from her two published short story collections. For its time, her fiction is unusual in its piercing exposure of the bleak despair experienced by many American women in the 1920s, trapped as they were within the patriarchal framework governing nearly every sector of their lives. In addition to her feminist commentary, Latimer also takes jabs at the American Dream, as well as exploring broader existential themes common to modernist literature. My favorites were the first three stories ('Nellie Bloom', 'Mr. and Mrs. Arnold', and 'The Family'), which incorporate some of the more surreal elements (mostly in the form of absurd dialogue) alluded to on the back cover. The title story, also the longest, is a thinly disguised evisceration of Latimer's long-time mentor and proponent Zona Gale, who did an about-face on her stance against marriage and domesticity by marrying a wealthy conservative man and starting a family. Latimer died at age 33 from childbirth complications, otherwise she would likely be better known today, as she was clearly a prodigy still honing her craft. In addition to her two short fiction collections, she also managed to publish two novels before her untimely demise, both of which are out of print and difficult to find. Her work has been compared favorably in reviews to the New Zealand modernist Katherine Mansfield, whom I haven't read in a couple of decades so can't comment on the comparison.