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00:00:00 - Introduction to Elizabeth Hardwick

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Partial Transcript: [Music] Jim Wayne Miller, Elizabeth Hardwick, Charles Rowell...

Segment Synopsis: The interviewer introduces himself and the interviewee, Elizabeth Hardwick, giving a quick history of her life and of her writing, speaking briefly on her current novel.

Keywords: Elizabeth Hardwick; Female writers; Kentucky female writers; Kentucky women writers; Kentucky writers; Women writers

Subjects: American literature--Kentucky.; Hardwick, Elizabeth; Kentucky--In literature.

00:01:34 - Kentucky's inspiration and influence on her writing

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Partial Transcript: I think it's fair to say that her life in Kentucky has been an important source of her creative imagination.

Segment Synopsis: When asked about Kentucky's influence on her "creative imagination," Hardwick initially says that there isn't really an understanding of what imagination is, that one cannot separate the various influences on oneself, particularly for a literary individual, whether actual lived experience or books read. They also discuss the direct presence of Lexington in her work.

Keywords: Female writers; Kentucky female writers; Kentucky women writers; Kentucky writers; Lexington (Ky.); Literature; New York City (N.Y.); Women writers

Subjects: American literature--Kentucky.; Hardwick, Elizabeth; Hardwick, Elizabeth--Interviews; Kentucky--In literature.; Literature.

00:05:00 - Why she left Lexington

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Partial Transcript: I wondered why you left Lexington?

Segment Synopsis: Hardwick discusses why she left Lexington and moved to New York City, and the fact that she'd noticed fewer young Southerners in that city, and why that might be.

Keywords: Female writers; Kentucky female writers; Kentucky women writers; Kentucky writers; Lexington (Ky.); Literature.; New York City (N.Y.); Women writers

Subjects: American literature--Kentucky.; Hardwick, Elizabeth; Hardwick, Elizabeth--Interviews; Kentucky--In literature; Literature.

00:06:52 - Hardwick's leftist political involvement / intellectual life

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Partial Transcript: Uh, one thing that interests me about your life in Lexington is your, your, your political involvement and the political involvement you and your husband participated in in the war movement, the peace movement, uh, in the sixties.

Segment Synopsis: Hardwick discusses the fact she came into her own democratic socialism at the University of Kentucky during the Great Depression, and the extent of that activism over the course of her life, of which, she considers hers comparatively low and primarily focused on major things such as the Great Depression. "Bloody Harlan" and her thoughts on the New York rational, skeptic intellectual life are also mentioned.

Keywords: "Bloody Harlan"; Active; Great Depression; Harlan (Ky.); Issues; Labor unions; Leftists; Lexington (Ky.):Democratic Socialists; Poetry; Politically involved; Politics; Reading; Russia; Soviet Union; University of Kentucky

Subjects: Depressions--1929; Dreiser, Theodore, 1871-1945; Hardwick, Elizabeth; Hardwick, Elizabeth--Interviews; Lowell, Robert, 1917-1977.; Marxism.

00:11:42 - NYC intellectual life around the Partisan Review

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Partial Transcript: When you went to New York, you, uh, you eventually found your way into the, the, the Partisan Review circle--

Segment Synopsis: The interviewer asks Hardwick about her involvement with the leftist literary magazine the Partisan Review, how they reacted to a Southerner, and how she associated with other Southerners.

Keywords: Female writers; Kentucky female writers; Kentucky women writers; Kentucky writers; Literature; Marxism; New York City (N.Y.); Partisan Review; Political activism; Women writers

Subjects: American literature--Kentucky.; Hardwick, Elizabeth; Hardwick, Elizabeth--Interviews; Kentucky--In literature.; Tate, Allen, 1899-1979.

00:14:21 - Meeting Robert Lowell and her political involvement associated with him

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Partial Transcript: And how'd you meet Robert Lowell?

Segment Synopsis: Hardwick discusses meeting Robert Lowell and their combined political involvement. This leads into a discussion of what that phrase "political involvement" means.

Keywords: Allen Tate; Female writers; John Crowe Ransom; Kentucky female writers; Kentucky women writers; Kentucky writers; Literature; Marxism; Pacifism; Political activism; Robert Lowell; Women writers

Subjects: American literature--Kentucky.; Hardwick, Elizabeth; Hardwick, Elizabeth--Interviews; Kentucky--In literature.; Lowell, Robert, 1917-1977.; Marxism.

00:18:32 - Women in her writing / feminism

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Partial Transcript: I'd like to talk a little bit about your writing and about "Sleepless Nights."

Segment Synopsis: Hardwick discusses the presence of women in her writing, how that creates a certain feminine and even feminist quality to her writing. In addition, the interviewer asks her about her views on feminism itself--which are positive.

Keywords: Female writers; Feminism; Iris Murdoch; Kentucky female writers; Kentucky women writers; Kentucky writers; Women writers

Subjects: American literature--Kentucky.; Feminism.; Hardwick, Elizabeth; Hardwick, Elizabeth--Interviews; Kentucky--In literature.; Murdoch, Iris

00:25:56 - Life with Robert Lowell / current work

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Partial Transcript: I'd like to ask one more question about your, uh, living and working in the same house with Lowell.

Segment Synopsis: Hardwick discusses living with another writer (in this case, her husband, poet Robert Lowell), their reading of each others' work, and what she's currently working on.

Keywords: Female writers; Kentucky female writers; Kentucky women writers; Kentucky writers; Robert Lowell; Women writers

Subjects: American literature--Kentucky.; Criticism.; Hardwick, Elizabeth; Hardwick, Elizabeth--Interviews; Kentucky--In literature.; Literature.; Lowell, Robert, 1977-1977.; Poetry.