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Judy Chicago's first autobiography tells the story of the first 35 years of her life. Spanning from her childhood, in which her father, a radical leftist, died when she was a teenager, through her college career and adult life as an artist, Chicago discusses the difficulties she faced as a female artist. Chicago is candid about love, sex, art, and feminism. The book was written only two years before Chicago created her most famous installation, The Dinner Party.
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Plot & Themes

job/profession:    -   artist Ethnic/Relig. of subject (inside)    -   Jew    -   American (west coast) Gender/Class story?    -   woman's story Job/profession/poverty story    -   Yes Ethnic/regional/gender    -   Yes Period of greatest activity?    -   1950+

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   artist Ethnicity    -   Jew Nationality    -   American Unusual characteristics:    -   Genius


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   4 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   California Desert?    -   Yes City?    -   Yes City:    -   Los Angeles Century:    -   1960's-1970's

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   thoughtful Graphic sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   actual description of hetero sex    -   descript. of female anat. (the big V) Pictures/Illustrations?    -   A lot in color 11-15 How much dialogue in bio?    -   significantly more descript than dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   0-25% of book

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