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Escapade [PDF / EPUB] Escapade In 1913 at the age of nineteen Elsie Dunn later to be known as Evelyn Scott turned her back on the genteel Southern world she was born into and ran off to Brazil with a married Tulane University dean In at the age of nineteen Elsie Dunn later to be known as Evelyn Scott turned her back on the genteel Southern world she was born into and ran off to Brazil with a married Tulane University dean than twice her age Living in tropical exile under assumed names the couple produced a son and endured a grueling series of hardships and failures that would provide Evelyn Scott with the raw material for a singular work of fictionalized autobiography That work published in amid expressions of mingled outrage and admiration from the critical establishment was EscapadeThis new edition is enhanced by a thoughtful and appreciative critical afterword by Dorothy M Scura that illuminates both the structure of the book and the beauty of its language while placing Scott within the continuum of feminist writers.


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    She died penniless in a New York Slum in 1963 and was buried in an unmarked grave That is just fucking ridiculous Fans of Kavan Lispector etc should track down a copy of this one in particular A couple of uotes from Escapade Crowds crowds and the babel of voices Let men rushing after themselves trample between my breasts I will slip away into passive stillness Because I am utterly abandoned to life I believe I cannot be taken When there is a kiss upon my mouth there is a colder kiss upon my heart I feel wide like a field sown with the seeds of pain I bloom unseen to myself And I wonder if all these emotions are utterly absurd To have one’s individuality completely ignored is like being pushed uite out of life Like being blown out as one blows out a light Excellent stuff once again Suffers occasionally from the usual issues with first person narratives of this type but certainly pulls it off and the ending is nuts A bio and some info about Evelyn Scott a forgotten modernist genius you really need to be reading lovely contemporary reviews from male critics Her outlook is certainly abnormal and her mind has the appearance of a sick mind we feel certain that no scientist nor physician would be much at a loss where to place such tendencies”It is gruesome and unrelieved and much of it is undeniably distasteful Its significance for any large number of people we doubt” the reader is simply subjected to obstetrical woesMrs S’s view of the world will isolate itself from general experience and become a ‘case’—a pathological case at thatIn short the book is diseased”It should never have been published in its present unhealthy form The author’s mind is morbid The world she sees is unnatural a mirror distorted by her own pathology “We are instructed in the pangs of childbirth endure an ensuing obstetrical operation from which no details are spared We weary of Evelyn Scott’s reiterated allusions to the contours and habits of her bodyThat's right Lock that damn woman up in a mental institution How dare she write about her body or her emotions? How dare she write about childbirth in anything other than sanctified terms? For god's sake we need at least some references to the Virgin Mary when talking about having a baby if only all women could be both virgins and mothers I don't want to hear that it hurts Now shut up put down that damn pen and make me a cup of tea


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