Deming, Barbara, 1917-1984

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Birth 1917-07-23
Death 1984-08-02
Americans

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Poet, story writer, essayist, and journalist. Activist, jailed for her protest against the Vietnam War. Died in 1984.

From the description of Papers, [ca. 1981-1985]. (Brown University). WorldCat record id: 122384452

Author and activist, Barbara Deming began her career writing theater and film reviews, poetry, short stories, and a novel. In 1959, inspired by Gandhi's writings, Deming became politically active, advocating nonviolence in all spheres of life. Periodicals such as The Nation and Liberation (for which she was an editor) published many of her political essays. She demonstrated for peace and civil rights, and was jailed several times for acts of civil disobedience. In the early 1970s, she became a feminist and worked on women's and lesbian issues until her death in 1984. Paul Salstrom was a writer and peace activist and later a professor of history in Indiana.

From the description of Letters, 1961-1970 (inclusive). (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 122421796

Author and activist, Barbara Deming began her career writing theater and film reviews, poetry, short stories, and a novel. In 1959, inspired by Gandhi's writings, Deming became politically active, advocating nonviolence in all spheres of life. Periodicals such as The Nation and Liberation (for which she was an editor) published many of her political essays. She demonstrated for peace and civil rights, and was jailed several times for acts of civil disobedience. In the early 1970s, she became a feminist and worked on women's and lesbian issues until her death in 1984.

From the description of Papers: Series IV-V, 1940-1984 (inclusive). (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 232008647

From the description of Papers: Series I-III, 1908-1985 (inclusive). (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 232008644

Barbara Deming, author and activist, was born on July 23, 1917, in New York City, the daughter of admiralty lawyer Harold S. and former singer Katherine Burritt Deming. Deming grew up in New York City and New City, N.Y. At the age of sixteen, she fell in love with an older woman; this prompted her to begin to write. Although she had long-term relationships with several women and lived, as she said, as a lesbian, Deming did not "come out" publicly until she was in her fifties. She majored in drama at Bennington College (B.A. 1938) and earned an M.A. from Western Reserve University in 1941. In the late 1930s she worked at the Mercury Theatre in New York and in the early 1940s reviewed films for the Library of Congress. In 1945 she became a full-time freelance writer, publishing film reviews, theater pieces, and poetry in such journals as Chimera, Hudson Review, and City Lights. She was unable to find publishers for several short stories, a novel, a book about film, and much of her poetry until the early 1970s. Deming spent a year (1950-1951) in Italy and Greece, and traveled in Mexico, India, Cuba, Vietnam, and elsewhere.

In 1959, inspired by Mohandas Gandhi's writings, Deming became politically active, advocating nonviolence in all spheres of life. Periodicals such as The Nation and Liberation (for which she was an editor) published many of her political essays. She was active in several peace organizations, demonstrated for peace and civil rights, and was jailed several times for acts of civil disobedience. In the early 1970s, Deming became a feminist and concentrated her efforts on women's and lesbians' issues until her death in 1984, on Sugar Loaf Key, Fla.

From the description of Papers, 1908-1985 (inclusive). (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 232007983

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