Andrea Dworkin: The Feminist as Revolutionary

Andrea Dworkin: The Feminist as Revolutionary Review

The definitive biography of the radical feminist from one of America’s leading biographers—essential reading for our #MeToo era

“You may think you know Dworkin, and there may indeed be things that you can’t stand about Dworkin . . . but there is so much about her work that is prescient, terrifying in its acuity, raucous and daring and very much of this moment.”
—Rebecca Traister

Fifteen years after her death, Andrea Dworkin remains one of the most important and challenging figures in second-wave feminism. Although frequently relegated to its more radical fringes, Dworkin was without doubt a formidable and influential writer, a philosopher, and an activist—a brilliant figure who inspired and infuriated in equal measure. Her many detractors were eager to reduce her to the caricature of the angry, man-hating feminist who believed that all sex was rape, and as a result, her work has long been misunderstood. It is in recent years, especially with the #MeToo movement, that there has been a resurgence of interest in her ideas.

This biography is the perfect complement to the widely reviewed anthology of her writing, Last Days at Hot Slit, published in 2019, providing much-needed context to her work. Given exclusive access to never-before-published photographs and archives, including her letters to many of the major figures of second-wave feminism, award-winning biographer Martin Duberman traces Dworkin’s life, from her abusive first marriage through her central role in the sex and pornography wars of the following decades. This is a vital, complex, and long overdue reassessment of the life and work of one of the towering figures of second-wave feminism.

Title:Andrea Dworkin: The Feminist as Revolutionary
Edition Language:English

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    Andrea Dworkin: The Feminist as Revolutionary Reviews

  • Christina

    “It’s the Nazism,” Andrea writes, that you “have to kill, not the Nazis. People die pretty easily, but cruelty doesn’t.”Such an outstanding, emotionally raw and complex biography about one...

  • Emma

    Andrea Dworkin was a polarising figure even among second-wave feminists, and I was excited to read a biography which promised to cut through decades of rumour and misinformation to tell the true story...

  • Sarah Schulman

    Very much from Andrea's POV, derived primarily from diaries and her letters and in this way adds new information. But key areas are glossed over or ignored completely. While Duberman makes a very stro...

  • Niklas Pivic

    Andrea Dworkin is dead. As far as I know, Duberman did not meet her but had exclusive access to her archives, in which there were a lot of letters.The book kicks off by showing Dworkin’s fierce side...

  • J Earl

    Andrea Dworkin: The Feminist as Revolutionary by Martin Duberman is a well-researched critical biography of an important and often controversial figure of second wave feminism.I should probably admit ...

  • Holly

    Great beginning chapters, what I was here for - Dworkin’s life story. As it proceeded, however, Duberman seemed more intent on apologizing for Dworkin rather than letting her words speak for themsel...

  • D.M. Mulvaney

    I would not have been able to tell you who Andrea Dworkin was before reading her biography by Martin Duberman. I was delighted, though, in my discovery that I actually was familiar with her from a cla...

  • Nicole

    It's rather embarrassing to admit, before reading this book, I had no idea who Andrea Dworkin was. With gratitude to Martin Duberman, for filling me in, I write this review. She was a dynamo! What I f...

  • Vantine

    The book is well researched and the author's affection for his subject shines through. Andrea Dworkin and the radical feminism of the 1970's is a compelling subject. Her life as a young adult as well ...

  • Diana

    A deep dive into someone who was a contentious figure, correcting the record on any number of mischaracterizations. A little fawning (the author was a friend/acquaintance of many of those involved), b...