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Intimate Memories: The Autobiography of Mabel Dodge Luhan

Mabel Dodge Luhan
Edited by Lois Palken Rudnick

Mabel Dodge Luhan’s Intimate Memories offers the brilliantly edited memoirs of one woman’s rebellion against “the whole ghastly social structure” under which the United States had been buried since the Victorian era. Luhan fled the Gilded Age prison of the upper classes to lead a life of notoriety among Europe and America’s leading artists, writers, and social visionaries—among them D. H. Lawrence, Gertrude Stein, and John Reed.

Intimate Memories details Luhan’s assemblage of a series of utopian domains aimed at curing the malaise of the modern age and shows Luhan not just as a visionary hostess but as a talented and important writer.


Lois Palken Rudnick is a professor emerita of American studies at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


“Profoundly perceptive and always at the edge of revelation, Luhan called herself ‘a mythological figure right in my own lifetime.’ . . . The writing exudes Luhan’s feelings of insatiable searching.”


Publishers Weekly

“An unsparing account of Luhan’s restless early years in Buffalo, a poor-little-rich-girl story; her aesthetic apprenticeship in France and Florence (1898–1912); her life among avant-garde artists in Greenwich Village (1912–1917); and her discovery of Taos, New Mexico (1917–1918), which became her spiritual home.”



“Rudnick adds a new dimension to the historiography of the Southwest with her latest book. She has given the reader an excellent insight into an important segment of both Wester and women’s history. . . . Rudnick has make good choices in her editing; the story flows well. . . . This latest look at Luhan is an enjoyable read.”


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6 x 9.25 in. 288 pages