Elizabeth Hardwick

(b. 1916)

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Kentucky-born author of novels, including The Ghostly Lover (1945), presenting a Kentucky family as seen by a young girl member; The Simple Truth (1955), a character study related to the trial of a college student accused of murdering his sweetheart; and Sleepless Nights (1979), a “meditation” on a woman's life. A View of My Own (1962) and Bartleby in Manhattan (1983) print essays on literature and society, the former mostly from the Partisan Review, the latter mainly from the New York Review of Books; and Seduction and Betrayal (1974) collects essays on women writers. She was married (1949–72) to Robert Lowell.

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards).

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