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Radcliffe's Schlesinger Library Acquires Ehrenreich, Lamport Papers

Radcliffe's Schlesinger Library has announced the acquisition of the papers of two significant 20th-century American women: Barbara Ehrenreich and Felicia Lamport.

Barbara Ehrenreich, a vigorous and insightful journalist and social critic, has donated a substantial collection, consisting of correspondence, reviews, speeches, drafts, notebooks, course outlines, and conference proceedings. Her most recent work is a provocative analysis of life on the poverty line, Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America. In such books as The American Health Empire: Power, Profits, and Politics and Complaints and Disorders: The Sexual Politics of Sickness, Ehrenreich has made her distinctive mark, taking on many issues, including the American medical system, the legacy of the sexual revolution, and the antifeminist backlash of the 1980s. She has been active in the Democratic Socialists of America, the National Women's Health Network, the National Abortion Rights Action League, and the Progressive Media Project.

Felicia Lamport (1916-1999) was a well-known political satirist and writer of light verse. Her work was featured widely in newspapers and magazines such as the Atlantic, Harper's, and The New Yorker. Among Lamport's books are Mink on Weekdays (1950), Cultural Slag (1966), and Political Plumlines (1984). Her legendary writing classes at Harvard and at the Harvard Extension School made Lamport a significant figure in Cambridge. Her papers include plays, articles, verse, correspondence, teaching materials, and other writings. Ms. Lamport was equally at home parodying T. S. Eliot in "The Love Song of R. Milhous Nixon, 1973" ("Let us go then, in my plane/For a weekend of repose in Key Biscayne") as she was with John Keats in her "Ode to a Grecian Urn."

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