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A Wild and Precious Life

A Wild and Precious Life

A Memoir

by Joshua Lyon and Edie Windsor
Paperback
Publication Date: 25/05/2021
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A lively, intimate memoir from an icon of the gay rights movement, describing gay life in 1950s and 60s New York City and her longtime activism which opened the door for marriage equality.

Edie Windsor became internationally famous when she sued the US government, seeking federal recognition for her marriage to Thea Spyer, her partner of more than four decades. The Supreme Court ruled in Edie’s favor, a landmark victory that set the stage for full marriage equality in the US. Beloved by the LGBTQ community, Edie embraced her new role as an icon; she had already been living an extraordinary and groundbreaking life for decades

In this memoir, which she began before passing away in 2017 and completed by her co-writer, Edie recounts her childhood in Philadelphia, her realization that she was a lesbian, and her active social life in Greenwich Village's electrifying underground gay scene during the 1950s. Edie was also one of a select group of trailblazing women in computing, working her way up the ladder at IBM and achieving their highest technical ranking while developing software. In the early 1960s Edie met Thea, an expat from a Dutch Jewish family that fled the Nazis, and a widely respected clinical psychologist. Their partnership lasted forty-four years, until Thea died in 2009. Edie found love again, marrying Judith Kasen-Windsor in 2016.

A Wild and Precious Life is remarkable portrait of an iconic woman, gay life in New York in the second half of the twentieth century, and the rise of LGBT activism.

ISBN:
9781250195159
9781250195159
Category:
Gender studies: women
Format:
Paperback
Publication Date:
25-05-2021
Language:
English
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Country of origin:
United States
Pages:
288
Dimensions (mm):
227.08x157.48x20.07mm
Weight:
0.3kg
Joshua Lyon

Joshua Lyon is an American journalist, author of Pill Head: The Secret Life of a Painkiller Addict, and ghostwriter on several New York Times bestselling memoirs. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Edie Windsor

Edie Windsor was an LGBT rights activist and a technology manager at IBM. She was the lead plaintiff in the Supreme Court case United States v. Windsor, considered a landmark legal victory for the same-sex marriage movement. She is survived by her second wife, Judith Kasen.

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