Dorothea Lange is known for her photographs of the Great Depression, the Japanese-American internment, and other twentieth century events. In my biography, I've interspersed more than eighty of her photographs with stories of her struggles as a child, wife and mother, her shame about her disability from childhood polio, as well as the difficulties she faced as a working woman.
Paperback ISBN-10: 067087888X
Hardback ISBN-13: 978-0670878888
New York Times, August, 1999
"The book is a model of scholarship and narrative history, the text offers intimate glimpses of a socially responsible and creative American life."
Library Journal, Fall 1998, Starred review
"Lange's story resonates with issues of gender, social policies, artistic merit and human interest. This well-constructed, sympathetic biography deserves many readers and is a must for every library."
Booklist, Fall 1998, Starred review
"The beautiful, spacious design of this photo-essay, with thick quality paper, clear type, and brief quotes from Lange at the head of each chapter, invites you to come back and look at her work.
As well as the authentic sense of Lange's work and her times, her biographer draws on letters, journals and oral history to give a strong sense of Lange's personal struggles as a child, a wife, and a mother; her lasting pain at her father's desertion; her shame about her disability after a childhood bout with polio; and her awareness as an adult that vulnerability helped her in her work. This fine photo-essay will interest adults as much as teens."
Kirkus, Fall 1998
"Partridge's conversational tone and intimate details of the Lange household will draw readers in... She also makes vivid Lange's lasting contributions."
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