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Becoming Modern

Becoming Modern

The Life of Mina Loy

Carolyn Burke

Farrar, Straus and Giroux


The poet and visual artist Mina Loy has long had an underground reputation as an exemplary avant-gardist. Born in London of mixed Jewish and English parentage, and a much photographed beauty, she moved in the pivotal circles of international modernism—in Florence as Gertrude Stein's friend and Marinetti's lover; in New York as Marcel Duchamp's co-conspirator and Djuna Barnes's confidante; in Mexico with the greatest love, the notorious boxer-poet Arthur Cravan; in Paris with the Surrealists and Man Ray. Carolyn Burke's riveting, authoritative biography, Becoming Modern, brings this highly original and representative figure wonderfully alive, in the process giving us a new picture of modernism—and one woman's important contribution to it.

Becoming Modern

--PART I--
Everything has already taken place ... our personality or destiny, like a roll of negative film ... is unrevealable until it has found a camera to project...

Praise for Becoming Modern

“For the whole of the twentieth century Mina Loy has been the Missing Person of Modernism; now at last Carolyn Burke has brought her to life, and into the life of her time. Becoming Modern is a perfect example of biographical recovery: it will change our sense of what happened back then, when art was being made new.” —Samuel Hynes

“A brilliant recovery of the mysterious life of the great lost "Anglo-mongrel" modernist. Loy, at last, becomes an equal in the company she kept.” —Eliot Weinberger


Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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