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Whatever else will be said about herand you can bet there will be plenty, because Barbara was no stranger to controversythe one thing that is true above all else is that she was the most important person in lesbian publishing in the world Without her boldness and her audacity, there might not be the robust lesbian publishing industry there is today Teresa DeCrescenzo Barbara Grierfeminist, activist, publisher, and archivistwas many things to different people Perhaps most well known as one of the founders of Naiad Press, Barbaras unapologetic drive to make sure that lesbians everywhere had access to books with stories that reflected their lives in positive ways was legendary Barbara changed the lives of thousands of women in her lifetime For the first time, historian Joanne Passet uncovers the controversial and often polarizing life of this firebrand editor and publisher with new and never before published letters, interviews, and other personal material from Griers own papers Passet takes readers behind the scenes of The Ladder, offering a rare window onto the isolated and bereft lives lesbians experienced before the feminist movement and during the earliest days of gay political organizing Through extensive letters between Grier and her friend novelist Jane Rule, Passet offers a virtual diary of this dramatic and repressive era Passet also looks at Griers infamous theft of The Ladders mailing list, which in turn allowed her to launch and promote Naiad Press, the groundbreaking womens publishing company she founded with partner Donna McBride in 1973 Naiad went on to become one of the leaders in gay and lesbian book publishing and for years helped sustain lesbian and feminist bookstoresand readersacross the country JOANNE PASSET is Professor of History Emerita at Indiana University East Her previous books include Sex Variant Woman The Life of Jeannette Howard Foster, Sex Radicals and the Quest for Women s Equality, Cultural Crusaders Women Librarians in the American West, and Aspirations and Mentoring in an Academic Environment with Mary Niles Maack....

Title : Indomitable: The Life of Barbara Grier
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ISBN : 1594934711
Format Type : Hardcover
Language : English
Publisher : Bella Books November 29, 2016
Number of Pages : 338 pages
File Size : 960 KB
Status : Available For Download
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Indomitable: The Life of Barbara Grier Reviews

  • Rosanne S.
    2019-03-20 11:53

    Just finished reading Joanne Passet's biography of Barbara Grier, a controversial lesbian print activist. Joanne tells a detailed story of the life of Barbara Grier that reads like a good novel, but presents the history of the woman's movement during Barbara's a lifespan. The research of the author contains 30 pages of chapter endnotes, 5 pages of a Selected Biography, and an invaluable detailed time line. The narrative not only details the life of Barbara Grier, but also, reveals the history of both lesbian political activism and lesbian print activism and how these two movements affect the lesbian literary and political climate today. A must read for anyone interested in the evolvement of the power of a printed book, newsletter, or even single printed columns. Joanne Passet captured and preserved the unbiased story of the life of Barbara Grier, but she also preserved the historical significance of this time frame during the women's movement.

  • Carol Anne Douglas
    2019-03-20 06:44

    This is an excellent biography of an important figure in lesbian publishing. In fact, Grier was the godmother of lesbian publishing.

  • JordanAsh
    2019-04-09 11:38

    I met Barbara and Donna while doing a panel for the Gay Academic Union in the 70's. This is a very readable biography which reveals connections and friendships that are new information. I highly recommend it

  • Paula S.
    2019-04-11 10:46

    This is a well-researched, compellingly presented biography. As a reader of many books published by Barbara Grier, I greatly enjoyed this history of what came before, during and after the prime of Naiad Press. A great read!

  • susan gore
    2019-04-16 07:55

    I knew Barbara and Passet's account rings very true, generosity and grandiosity, wit and timidity, all mixed into a truly indomitable woman!

  • Erica R.
    2019-03-21 12:47

    Powerful portrayal of a leader in lesbian publishers. The detail of this book is painstakingly admirable.

  • Maida Tilchen
    2019-03-22 09:00

    If you have been reading lesbian books, the late Barbara Grier was probably the most crucial person in making you aware of them and making them available. Back in the 1950s, she was already compiling the first bibliography of lesbian books. As a book collector and reviewer, she preserved and publicized thousands of lesbian "pulp" novels that would have likely been lost to history. She edited the Ladder, the pre-Stonewall lesbian magazine. Her publishing company, Naiad Press, made feminist, lesbian-controlled lesbian books available more widely than any other publisher.