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The Legend of Maya Deren, Volume I, Part One: Signatures (1917-42)

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The Legend of Maya Deren, Volume I, Part One: Signatures (1917-42)
by Vèvè A. Clark, Millicent Hodson, Catrina Neiman and Francine Bailey Price

Anthology Film Archives, 1984
514 pages

Vèvè A. Clark, Millicent Hodson, Catrina Neiman and Francine Bailey Price have been working collectively since 1975 to locate the documents and interview the people that would illuminate the life of Maya Deren. The project makes available the materials given by the Special Collection of the Boston University Library. These materials have been complemented by extensive interviews and Deren’s writings and photographs that have been scattered in out-of-print journals or treasured in the hands of family and friends.

The Legend of Maya Deren, which is divided chronologically into three volumes, places Maya Deren’s life and achievements in a historical perspective. The work is intended to be a tool not only for understanding the individual, Maya Deren, but the movement she fostered in film, the situation of women in her time, and the cultural cross currents from which she emerged.

Volume I, Part One: Signatures (1917-42) includes Maya Deren’s schoolgirl letters, articles she wrote for socialist youth journals in the Thirties, as well as her correspondence, poetry, fiction and essays from that period, published here together for the first time. In addition, her life history between 1917 and 1942 is further documented by interviews with friends and family, photographs and other visual material.