Seduction and Betrayal

Seduction and Betrayal

Women and Literature

By Elizabeth Hardwick; Joan Didion (Introduction by)

New York Review of Books, Paperback, 9780940322783, 205pp.

Publication Date: August 2001

The novelist and essayist Elizabeth Hardwick is one of contemporary America's most brilliant writers, and "Seduction and Betrayal," in which she considers the careers of women writers as well as the larger question of the presence of women in literature, is her most passionate and concentrated work of criticism. A gallery of unforgettable portraits--of Virginia Woolf and Zelda Fitzgerald, Dorothy Wordsworth and Jane Carlyle--as well as a provocative reading of such works as "Wuthering Heights, Hedda Gabler," and the poems of Sylvia Plath, "Seduction and Betrayal" is a virtuoso performance, a major writer's reckoning with the relations between men and women, women and writing, writing and life.

About the Author
Elizabeth Hardwick is the author of many books and essays, including "Herman Melville" (Penguin Lives), "Sleepless Nights," and "American Fictions," available as a Modern Library paperback. She lives in New York City.

Joan Didion was born in California and lives in New York City. She is the author of five novels and seven previous books of nonfiction.