The Resource The Indomitable spirit of Edmonia Lewis : a narrative biography, by Harry Henderson and Albert Henderson, (electronic resource)

The Indomitable spirit of Edmonia Lewis : a narrative biography, by Harry Henderson and Albert Henderson, (electronic resource)

Label
The Indomitable spirit of Edmonia Lewis : a narrative biography
Title
The Indomitable spirit of Edmonia Lewis
Title remainder
a narrative biography
Statement of responsibility
by Harry Henderson and Albert Henderson
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Based primarily on decades of research by Harry Henderson (co-author of A History of African American Artists from 1792 to the Present), this fresh look at the facts of Edmonia Lewis's life and art discusses how she helped shape today's world. Edmonia Lewis was the first famous colored sculptor and the first to idealize her African and American Indian heritages in stone. She flourished from 1864 through 1878, and, as an artist, was a rare instrument for social change in the aftermath of the Civil War. She pressed her case for equality from her studio in Rome, Italy, and with annual tours of the United States. Her biography is based on private letters, public documents, essays, hundreds of news items, reviews of her work, museum collections, and more than two dozen published interviews. It reveals how a world biased against her color, class, gender and religion received her. Of special interest to African-American and American-Indian studies, as well as art, women's, and American history, the narrative opens an abundance of previously unrecognized sources, reinterprets important relationships, names missing works, and corrects the identification of an important portrait. Students of the nineteenth century will find it a cool counterpoint to the bitter rage of Civil War and Reconstruction. Readers familiar with her legendary icons of race may be surprised by her many portraits and her untold moves to Paris and London. They will also find answers to long-standing questions: Where, when, and how did she die? Why did her encounter with a bronze Ben Franklin leave her reeling? Why did she idealize a woman with African features only once in her career? Why did she never cite the now-famous Forever Free after her first interviews in Rome? Why did she have to stalk Henry Wadsworth Longfellow through the streets to make his portrait? Where was her studio? How often did she tour America? How did she enter her work in the 1876 Centennial expo, which had barred colored people absolutely? What were her relationships with fans, mentors, and fellow sculptors? Who were her rivals, her best friends, and her worst enemies? Fresh evidence, never before collected and collated, argues a novel motive for her erotic masterwork, the Death of Cleopatra, which sits apart in her oeuvre like a hussy in a small town church. Newly realized sources also change our view of her childhood and provide ample support to refute distortions of her personal character, sexuality, and appearance
Member of
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
NGA
Dewey number
730.92
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
  • NB237.L487
  • NB237.L487
LC item number
H46 2012e
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Freading eBooks
Target audience
adult
Label
The Indomitable spirit of Edmonia Lewis : a narrative biography, by Harry Henderson and Albert Henderson, (electronic resource)
Link
https://epl.freading.com/ebooks/details/r:download/ZnJlYWQ6OTc4MTU4ODYzNDUyODpl
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Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
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  • EPLMNA
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
black and white
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn827730639
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781588634528
Isbn Type
(EPUB electronic bk.)
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations.
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u1333310
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (Sirsi) f827730639
  • (CaAE) f827730639

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