A Dangerous Woman: The Graphic Biography of Emma Goldman

A Dangerous Woman: The Graphic Biography of Emma Goldman

The anarchist and radical hero Emma Goldman, brought to vivid life in a graphic biography by an acclaimed artist.

"You are a terrible child and will grow into a worse woman! You have no respect for your elders or for authority! You will surely end on the gallows as a public menace!"—Emma Goldman's childhood religion teacher

A wonderful retelling of the famous anarchist and radical icon Emma Goldman's extraordinary life, this graphic biography embodies the richness and drama of Goldman's story in a wholly original way.

A Dangerous Woman depicts the full sweep of a life lived to the hilt in the struggle for equality and justice. Emma Goldman was at the forefront of the radical causes of the twentieth century, from leading hunger demonstrations during the Great Depression—"Ask for work! If they do not give you work, ask for bread! If they do not give you work or bread, take the bread!"—to organizing a cloakmakers' strike, from lecturing on how to use birth control to fighting conscription for World War I, while her soulmate, Alexander Berkman, spent fourteen years in jail for his failed attentat against industrialist Henry Clay Frick.

Sharon Rudahl's lovely, energetic illustrations bring Goldman's many facets and passions to new life; her work belongs with the critically acclaimed graphic nonfiction of Alison Bechdel's Fun Home and Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis. Featuring a foreword by Alice Wexler, A Dangerous Woman is a marvelously compelling presentation of a woman devoted to revolutionizing her age.

Title:A Dangerous Woman: The Graphic Biography of Emma Goldman
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781595580641
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    A Dangerous Woman: The Graphic Biography of Emma Goldman Reviews

  • Liz Yerby

    alright nerds, i haven't even finished this book, but i'm gonna go ahead and give it a low score. graphic biographies can be decent, but me and the author have some major issues in how we think politi...

  • Paige

    2.5I feel kind of bad giving this book such a "low" rating, especially since I think it was well done. I liked the art and I know more about Emma Goldman's life than I did before. So why only 2.5 star...

  • Emily

    Another shocking hole in my education filled in through comics. The illustrations are evocative and layered, and the text is for the most part directly from Goldman's biography. I have 1 quibble and 1...

  • Allie

    2.5 stars.I didn't really like this much at all. I think Emma Goldman is FASCINATING (though I disagree with many of her beliefs), but this as a graphic novel was not great. The pages were crammed (cr...

  • Stephanie Griffin

    I wasn’t familiar with Emma Goldman (1869-1940) before reading A DANGEROUS WOMAN, the graphic biography (as opposed to a graphic novel) written and illustrated by Sharon Rudahl. This softcover book ...

  • Amberly

    I have always been an ardent fan of Emma Goldman. She tirelessly fought for free speech, long before the ACLU, birth control before Margaret Sanger, women's rights before suffrage, and free love befor...

  • Jenny

    Rudahl's descriptive expository approach to Emma's story did not work for me; it seems her aim for this graphic biography was creation for the benefit of instruction--to teach the youth of today, whic...

  • Claire

    This is a graphic biography of the Jewish anarchist activist Emma Goldman, and it definitely fills a niche that was lacking in my history classes. It goes into detail about her upbringing, education, ...

  • Danielle

    I really enjoyed this book--Rudahl's artwork is great, and weaved throughout the storyline are actual quotes from Goldman and her comrades. My only 'complaint' is that Rudahl condenses a LOT of histor...

  • Garrett Cook

    Want to know what to give every teenage girl on the planet for Christmas? Boom. You're welcome....