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Elizabeth Hardwick
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    (July 27, 1916-December 2, 2007)
    Born in Lexington, Kentucky
    Literary critic and author
    Founding contributor of the ‘New York Review of Books’
    Wrote the novels ‘The Ghostly Lover’ (1945), ‘The Simple Truth’ (1955) and ‘Sleepless Nights’ (1979)
    Books of criticism include ‘A View of My Own’ (1962), ‘Seduction and Betrayal’ (1974) and ‘Sight-Readings’ (1998)
    Married poet Robert Lowell (1948-72)
    Her middle name was Bruce.
    She said, ‘Even when I was in college, I’m afraid my aim was – if it doesn’t sound too ridiculous – my aim was to be a New York Jewish intellectual.’
    In college, she briefly joined the Communist Party.
    During and after her marriage, she went on ‘dates’ with gay men.
    Her prose style was praised by Joan Didion, Susan Sontag and Philip Roth.
    She was one of the few people who could handle Lowell during his manic phases.
    After Lowell left her for Caroline Blackwood, he incorporated passages from her letters pleading for his return into his poems verbatim, without her permission.
    She was described as handling the betrayal ‘with considerable dignity and minimal self-pity.’

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