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Vivian Gornick

Vivian Gornick is an essayist and critic. Her next book, Unfinished Business: Notes of a Chronic Re-Reader, will be published in February.


  • HistoryDecember 22, 2004

    Stanton’s Wisdom

    One afternoon in January 1892, in a packed convention hall in Washington, DC, the 76-year-old Elizabeth Cady Stanton rose from her seat to address the annual meeting of the National American Woma

    Vivian Gornick

  • Autobiography and MemoirNovember 24, 2004

    Lost in America

    In no literature in the world has the immigrant novel been more varied, more original, more persistent than in ours--and this for the most obvious of reasons.

    Vivian Gornick

  • BiographyMay 27, 2004

    Wild at Heart

    In 1947 Saul Bellow published a novel called The Victim in which a derelict character named Kirby Allbee haunts another named Asa Leventhal, claiming that Leventhal is responsible for his

    Vivian Gornick

  • FictionJuly 17, 2003

    Charlotte’s Web

    In 1890 the American feminist Charlotte Perkins Gilman wrote a remarkable short story, "The Yellow Wallpaper," about a woman--genteel, educated, with more than a casual taste for intellectual l

    Vivian Gornick

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