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The Selected Works of Audre Lorde

Audre Lorde, Roxane Gay (Editor), Roxane Gay (Introduction by)

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“This stellar selection of the wonderful Audre Lorde’s work is a must-have. These powerful words deserve a wider audience, and it is wonderful to see Lorde’s work introduced to a new generation by the excellent Roxane Gay.”
— Christie Schaefer, Octavia Books, New Orleans, LA
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A definitive selection of Audre Lorde’s "intelligent, fierce, powerful, sensual, provocative, indelible" (Roxane Gay) prose and poetry, for a new generation of readers.


Self-described "black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet" Audre Lorde is an unforgettable voice in twentieth-century literature, and one of the first to center the experiences of black, queer women. This essential reader showcases her indelible contributions to intersectional feminism, queer theory, and critical race studies in twelve landmark essays and more than sixty poems—selected and introduced by one of our most powerful contemporary voices on race and gender, Roxane Gay.


Among the essays included here are:



  • "The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action"

  • "The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House"

  • "I Am Your Sister"

  • Excerpts from the American Book Award–winning A Burst of Light


The poems are drawn from Lorde’s nine volumes, including The Black Unicorn and National Book Award finalist From a Land Where Other People Live. Among them are:



  • "Martha"

  • "A Litany for Survival"

  • "Sister Outsider"

  • "Making Love to Concrete"



W. W. Norton & Company, 9781324004615, 384pp.

Publication Date: September 8, 2020



About the Author

Audre Lorde (1934-1992) published eleven volumes of poetry and five works of prose. Her constellation of honors includes honorary doctorates from Hunter, Oberlin, and Haverford colleges.

Roxane Gay is the author of five books, including the best-selling Bad Feminist. She lives in Los Angeles, California.

Roxane Gay is the author of five books, including the best-selling Bad Feminist. She lives in Los Angeles, California.