Holy Skirts

Finalist, National Book Awards 2005 for Fiction

Holy Skirts by Rene Steinke book cover, 2005
ISBN 9780688176945
William Morrow & Co.
Renè Steinke author photo, Photo credit: Marion Ettlinger, 2005
René Steinke

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A colorful imagining of the real-life Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven’s turbulent story of love, marriage, poetry and art in the early 1900s, using actual incidents from her life.

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A delightful novel in myriad ways but none more than in the feast of language it offers us and a heroine who is both guileless and irresistible. In this fictional rendering of the life of poet and performance artist Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven, René Steinke has resurrected a remarkable woman and her times with vivid, sensual detail. She also unflinchingly addresses the questions: How is art made? At what cost? Why does it matter? Her explorations go to the heart of feminism and modernity.