Interview SummaryThe interview starts with Bingham's observation that she was born during the 1937 Kentucky flood, with the advantages of power and wealth. Attracted to the mysteriousness of words and their power to hide and reveal truth, Bingham wanted to be a writer from childhood. Bingham attended Harvard, where she studied writing without role models, since all of her professors were men. Bingham discusses at length the ways women are constrained by society and specifically the publishing world. Bingham feels that the credibility of women writers is attacked because they are crossing gender lines. Bingham discusses starting the Kentucky Foundation for Women, which provides grants for feminism in the arts. Bingham is finding her voice as a feminist.
Interview LC SubjectAuthors, American--Kentucky Intellectual life Literature Bingham, Sallie Louisville (Ky.) Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870 Thackeray, William Makepeace, 1811-1863 Creative writing Harvard University Fisher, M. F. K. (Mary Frances Kennedy), 1908-1992 Piercy, Marge Social classes Women's roles Kentucky Foundation for Women Feminist literature Harlequin Romance United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865 Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877)
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Bingham, Sallie Interview by Bonnie Cox. 23 Oct. 1987. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.
Bingham, S. (1987, October 23). Interview by B. Cox. Kentucky Writers Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.
Bingham, Sallie, interview by Bonnie Cox. October 23, 1987, Kentucky Writers Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.
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