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Lives of the Wives: Five Literary Marriages

Sunday, September 3, 2023
1:00pm Pacific Time
KQED Broadcast: 09/03/2023

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This week, we’ll hear from San Francisco artist Paul Madonna about his new mystery novel “The Commissions.” But first, literary critic Carmela Ciuraru on the lesser-known partners of historic literary giants. Ciuraru is the author of Lives of Wives: Five Literary Marriages. It’s a deep dive into power, ego, and equity–relationship dynamics that are still relevant today.

“Ms. Ciararu is intensely interested in the vicissitudes of relationships over time…and driven by indignation over the subjugation of women’s talent…A compulsively readable book.” — Wall Street Journal

In Lives of the Wives, literary critic Carmela Ciuraru [Nom de Plume: A (Secret) History of Pseudonyms] shines a light on the lesser-known partners of historic literary giants. Weaving together themes of marriage, power, ego, and equity, this riveting deep dive explores relationship dynamics that are still relevant today.

Isabel Duffy spent over ten years working in publishing and has interviewed many authors for City Arts & Lectures, including Anthony Bourdain, Michael Chabon, Zadie Smith, and John Waters. She has contributed to The Believer magazine and is trained as a psychotherapist.