Larisa Reisner. A Biography

Speaker is Cathy Porter, author of a new biography of Larisa Reisner

‘She burst across the revolutionary sky like a blazing meteor, dazzling all in her path,’ Trotsky wrote. For the poet Boris Pasternak, she was Lara, the heroine of his novel Doctor Zhivago. Commissar, revolutionary fighter, espionage agent, journalist, Larisa Reisner (1895–1926) was a model for the ‘new woman’ of the Russian Revolution, and one of its most popular and brilliant writers, whose works were published in mass editions and read by millions. Read on ...

Decadent Women

Yellow Book Lives by Jad Adams

Chronicles the vibrant and passionate women who wrote for the 1890s journal The Yellow Book.

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During the 1890s, British women for the first time began to leave their family homes to seek work, accommodation, and financial and sexual freedom. Read on ...