The Untold Journey: The Life of Diana Trilling by Natalie RobinsThe Untold Journey: The Life of Diana Trilling by Natalie Robins

The Untold Journey: The Life of Diana Trilling

byNatalie Robins

Hardcover | May 16, 2017

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Throughout her life, Diana Trilling (1905-1996) wrote about profound social changes with candor and wisdom, first for The Nation and later for Partisan Review, Harpers, and such popular magazines as Vogue and McCalls. She went on to publish five books, including the best-selling Mrs. Harris: The Death of the Scarsdale Diet Doctor, written when she was in her late seventies. She was also one half of one of the most famous intellectual couples in the United States.

Diana Trilling’s life with Columbia University professor and literary critic Lionel Trilling was filled with secrets, struggles, and betrayals, and she endured what she called her "own private hell" as she fought to reconcile competing duties and impulses at home and at work. She was a feminist, yet she insisted that women’s liberation created unnecessary friction with men, asserting that her career ambitions should be on equal footing with caring for her child and supporting her husband. She fearlessly expressed sensitive, controversial, and moral views, and fought publicly with Lillian Hellman, among other celebrated writers and intellectuals, over politics. Diana Trilling was an anticommunist liberal, a position often misunderstood, especially by her literary and university friends. And finally, she was among the "New Journalists" who transformed writing and reporting in the 1960s, making her nonfiction as imaginative in style and scope as a novel. The first biographer to mine Diana Trilling’s extensive archives, Natalie Robins tells a previously undisclosed history of an essential member of New York City culture at a time of dynamic change and intellectual relevance.
Natalie Robins is the author of four books of poetry and five works of nonfiction, among them Copeland's Cure: Homeopathy and the War Between Conventional and Alternative Medicine (2005); The Girl Who Died Twice: The Libby Zion Case and the Hidden Hazards of Hospitals (1995); and Alien Ink: The FBI's War on Freedom of Expression (1992)...
Title:The Untold Journey: The Life of Diana TrillingFormat:HardcoverDimensions:424 pagesPublished:May 16, 2017Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231182082

ISBN - 13:9780231182089

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Table of Contents

1. Escape Into Fiction
2. Undertakings
3. Prolegomenon
4. Isolation and Desperation
5. The Rest of Our Lives
6. The Greatest Service
7. The Nation Calls
8. Not Merely a Critic's Wife
9. Glowing
10. Oh Be Brave
11. Guilt Makes Us Human
12. Weaving
13. Subversive Sex
14. A Limited Kind of Celebrity
15. At a Table
16. Just Close Your Eyes
17. Not Giving a Damn
18. Her Own Place
19. Re-creation and Imagination
Epilogue: Arcadia
Source Notes
Selected Bibliography

Editorial Reviews

The Untold Journey possesses a novelistic vividness and immediacy. Robins makes Diana Trilling, in all her complexity, come alive on the page. A thoroughly absorbing book about one of the most famous American intellectuals of the second half of the 20th century.