Tuesday, February 22, 2011

A Dangerous Woman: The Graphic Biography of Emma Goldman by Sharon Rudahl

In this graphic biography, the fascinating life of Emma Goldman is told.  Emma Goldman was an anarchist and activist who fought for the rights of the workers.  She was jailed multiple times, founded the Free Speech League and the magazine Mother Earth and was eventually deported to Russia. No matter what the situation was, Goldman had no fears about standing up, loudly, for what she believed in.

What was nice about this particular biography was that we get to see Goldman's activist life, but also her personal life.  While she had multiple lovers, she believed her soul mate was Alexander Berkman, who was jailed for almost half his life.  Goldman even was in on an attempted plot to free him from prison.  When Berkman finally was released, they discovered that too much time had passed.  They never stopped loving each other, but knew they were not meant to be in a relationship.

I honestly didn't know anything about Emma Goldman.  I enjoyed reading about her a lot.  I don't agree with all the actions she took, or the way she went about things sometimes, but man, she sure was passionate about what she believed in!

This graphic was illustrated in the grotesque (this probably isn't the right word, but it's as close as I can get) style that I don't love, but it kind of felt appropriate for this one.

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