Margaret Mead, Ruth Benedict, and Their CircleBook - 2003
"The first biography to utilize the complete papers of Margaret Mead and Ruth Benedict since their release to scholars, Lois Banner's Intertwined Lives traces the intellectual, emotional, and sexual relationship of these two women who have had such an enduring influence on anthropology and our understanding of society. Fourteen years Mead's senior, Benedict possessed a mannish beauty, wrote, taught, and succumbed to convention and married (unhappily). Mead delighted in her femininity, enjoyed ""the creative spark of difference,"" was aggressive in her intellectual pursuits, and married several times. Meeting in 1922, each found her companion of choice. Although they were often separated, their bond remained intact until Ruth's death. Banner tells the story of their mutual devotion to anthropology and to each other, and shows how religion, ethnicity, intellectualism, homosexuality, maternity, and success all played essential roles in their lives."
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 2003.
Edition: 1st ed.
Branch Call Number: 921 MEAD, MARGARET
Characteristics: xii, 540 p.,  p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm.