This book focuses on six brilliant women who are often seen as particularly tough-minded: Simone Weil, Hannah Arendt, Mary McCarthy, Susan Sontag, Diane Arbus, and Joan Didion. Aligned with no single tradition, they escape straightforward categories. Yet their work evinces an affinity of style and philosophical viewpoint that derives from a shared attitude toward suffering.
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This event is presented by the Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University. Additional support provided by the Center for American Studies, Department of English and Comparative Literature, and The Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities.