Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches (Crossing Press Feminist Series)

by Professor Audre Lorde

Paperback, 2007




Ten Speed Press (2007), Edition: Reprint, 190 pages


Presenting the essential writings of black lesbian poet and feminist writer Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider celebrates an influential voice in twentieth-century literature. In this charged collection of fifteen essays and speeches, Lorde takes on sexism, racism, ageism, homophobia, and class, and propounds social difference as a vehicle for action and change. Her prose is incisive, unflinching, and lyrical, reflecting struggle but ultimately offering messages of hope. This commemorative edition includes a new foreword by Lorde scholar and poet Cheryl Clarke, who celebrates the ways in which Lorde's philosophies resonate more than twenty years after they were first published.


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LibraryThing member terese
essential feminist text.
LibraryThing member kdtb
Best book of black feminism
LibraryThing member Hanuman2
One of the first left, feminist books I read thankfully. Not sure what I'd think now, but an important part of my intellectual history.
LibraryThing member kakadoo202
Interesting inside on black lesbian life.
LibraryThing member quondame
Beyond amazing. This book provides a tool kit for reshaping the self to implement our most positive aspects, and is itself an example of the work done.

"We share a common interest, survival, and it cannot be pursued in isolation from others simply because their difference make us uncomfortable. We
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know what it is to be lied to. The 60s should teach us how important it is not to lie to ourselves. Not to believe that revolution is a one-time event, or something that happens around us rather than inside of us. Not to believe that freedom can belong to any one group of us without the others also being free. How important it is not to allow even our leaders to define us to ourselves, or to define our sources of power to us."

So many truths so well expressed. Alas, I haven't read this woman's poems. I should get right on it!
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LibraryThing member oacevedo
I absolutely loved these essays written by Audre Lorde. I highly recommend this book.
LibraryThing member LibroLindsay
Sister Outsider is a steamroller. The book-ending pieces about Russia and Grenada felt a bit out of place, but the bulk of her writing here is fabulous and every bit as relevant today as it was 40 years ago. I only wish I went into this reading a hard copy so I could underline (Kindle will never be
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good for that). I wish she was still with us today.
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