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The Story of Mary Maclane by Mary MacLane
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Jan 27, 11

it was amazing
bookshelves: biography, philosophy, history
Read from January 19 to 24, 2011

The wonderous Mary Maclane, "Montana's lit'ry lady!" This book is not a story, as the title suggests; not a memoir, either. It's the daily journal of a lonesome 19-year-old in Butte, Montana, in the early months of 1902. Each day, she reflects on life writ large or small: declaring her unprecedented genius one day, telling a surrealist story about toothbrushes the next. Sensuously teaching "how to eat an olive," or describing how she eats breakfast alone, kicking against the kitchen chair, staring out the window and avoiding her dull family.

She's most engrossing when she shares specifics about the mine-ravaged landscape and the ethnic neighborhoods in Butte, or when writing rapier character studies (including her suitors -- "Men Who Have Made Love To Me"). But she's most touching in the entries wherein she envisions her intellect and brilliance overtaking the world. She longs for transcendence in faraway places, hopes to dazzle others with her wit. The book was an instant bestseller, landing her a fortune, cool digs in New York, and worldwide notoriety. Sadly, only a few odd stream-of-consciousness writings remain.
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message 4: by Keir (new)

Keir I want to read this! Just added it to my list...

Iris You'd love it. She made her own movie in Chicago, and lived on South Michigan Avenue!

message 2: by Sketchbook (new)

Sketchbook This sounds like a Find.

Michael Brown I've been reading MM since '85 and researching her almost that long, and she's not gone exhausted for me yet. : )

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