Since its release this past July, English professor Lisa Cohen’s All We Know: Three Lives has continued to make waves in the literary world. A biography of three queer women who were deeply embedded in early 20th century culture, Cohen’s book was listed by Publishers Weekly as one of the top 10 “Best Books of 2012,” in addition to being among the New York Times’ “100 Notable Books of 2012.” Most recently, Cohen’s book was featured on NPR’s All Things Considered. You can find the interview here.
The book traces the lives of Esther Murphy, Mercedes de Acosta, and Madge Garland, women who were active in prominent intellectual and cultural spheres of the early 20th century, but who still remained largely under the radar. Their backgrounds and lifestyles are radically different from one another, but their stories intersect in meaningful ways.