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Publisher Description

In this inspiring biography, discover the true story of Harriet the Spy author Louise Fitzhugh -- and learn about the woman behind one of literature's most beloved heroines.
Harriet the Spy, first published in 1964, has mesmerized generations of readers and launched a million diarists. Its beloved antiheroine, Harriet, is erratic, unsentimental, and endearing-very much like the woman who created her, Louise Fitzhugh.
Born in 1928, Fitzhugh was raised in segregated Memphis, but she soon escaped her cloistered world and headed for New York, where her expanded milieu stretched from the lesbian bars of Greenwich Village to the art world of postwar Europe, and her circle of friends included members of the avant-garde like Maurice Sendak and Lorraine Hansberry. Fitzhugh's novels, written in an era of political defiance, are full of resistance: to authority, to conformity, and even -- radically, for a children's author -- to make-believe.
As a children's author and a lesbian, Fitzhugh was often pressured to disguise her true nature. Sometimes You Have to Lie tells the story of her hidden life and of the creation of her masterpiece, which remains long after her death as a testament to the complicated relationship between truth, secrecy, and individualism.

GENRE
Biographies & Memoirs
RELEASED
2020
December 1
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
352
Pages
PUBLISHER
Basic Books
SELLER
Hachette Digital, Inc.
SIZE
11.6
MB

Customer Reviews

Great Music Luvr ,

A compelling read

Like many fans of Harriet M. Welch, I’ve long been curious about her creator...especially as I heard rumors that she was a lesbian. Sadly, the need to hide her true self and to lie “sometimes” took Fitzhugh too soon. Congrats to Brody for tracking down and telling her story.

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