I, Mary MacLane: A Diary of Human Days - Annotated Edition
Called first many times - first blogger, first New Woman, first female proto-Surrealist, first screen writer/star to break the fourth wall and directly address her audience (1917’s astonishing "Men Who Have Made Love to Me"), in her final book she is the first media icon to destroy the celebrity distance and expose her inmost doubts, her hopes, conflicted sexual history - her many inner worlds. More
The final book by "the first blogger" and "first of the Flappers" is Mary MacLane's testament in every way and completes the arc of her career. After years of external adventure - gambling on the Florida coast, lengthy reclusion in a repressive New England town, newspaper feature-writing in Denver, high living in Manhattan - she returned to Butte, Montana and turned within to explore her internal worlds. After the martial excitement of her first book and the deep stylistic focus of her second, "My Friend Annabel Lee" - both available in Petrarca Press annotated editions for Kindle - her last, written from 1911 to 1917, positions the reader in the most intimate contact she would ever permit: we are with her inside herself, in - except for the first and, movingly, a later entry - an eternal tomorrow. Her insight, subtle humor, fearlessness, and sovereign mastery of language never desert her - or us. Detailed textual notes tracing out her references, drawn from the recent Petrarca Press anthology "Human Days: A Mary MacLane Reader," make this edition unique among all those currently on offer.
About the author: “I sing only the Ego and the individual. So does in secret each man and woman and child who breathes, but is afraid to sing it aloud.” - Mary MacLane (1881-1929) was the first of the modern media personalities: a pioneer in self-revelation, in defiance of established rules, in living on her own terms - and writing about it. At age 19 she burst upon the world out of Butte, Montana with a journal of her private thoughts and longings that brought national then international attention. Through the books and newspaper articles that followed she created a completely new, individual voice decades ahead of its time. She influenced Gertrude Stein, inspired F. Scott Fitzgerald, and was hailed by America’s greatest writers and everyday people on the street. And though she inspires film, stage, and music projects to this day - though she is quoted on and off the Internet - the writer behind the writing has remained unknown until her recent rediscovery. - “She comes off the page quivering with life. Moving.” - London Times (1981 retrospect) - “Mary MacLane, 1902’s Racy, Angsty Teenage Diarist, wrote long before provocative, confessional writing was a genre of its own. Her diaries ignited a national uproar, ushering in a new era for women’s voices. Her elegant, ambitious embrace of full-disclosure had opened a door to what was possible for women.” - The Atlantic, March 2013 - “Mary MacLane’s first book was the first of the confessional diaries ever written in this country, and it was a sensation.” - N.Y. Times (editorial) - “She had a short but fiery life of writing and misadventure, and her writing was a template for the confessional memoirs that have become ubiquitous.” - The New Yorker, March 2013 - “One of the most fascinatingly self-involved personalities of the 20th century.” - The Age (Nov. 2011 feature article) - “Miss MacLane stands as the greatest sensationalist of a sensational day … She dares to tell to all the world what most people try to keep profoundly guarded … She stands for truth and dares the courage of her convictions.” - From hundreds of letters-to-the-editor on her first book - “In a pre-soundbite age she already knew how to draw blood in one direct sentence. Mary MacLane - who openly resisted the idea that she was like everyone else, of her time or any other - lived the dream, as we say nowadays, and the sun of the wide, bright world has come to shine on her again.” - The Awl, March 2013
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