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April 13, 2005

More On Andrea Dworkin

I found this at Google News. It's not an obituary, but it provides some more information about Dworkin and her death.

Andrea Dworkin Dies at 58

"In every century, there are a handful of writers who help the human race to evolve," fellow feminist Gloria Steinem said in a statement. "Andrea is one of them."

Feminist writer and antipornography campaigner Andrea Dworkin died Saturday at her home in Washington, said her husband, John Stoltenberg. She and Stoltenberg, who were openly gay, began living together in 1974 and married in 1998. Dworkin was 58 and had been ill for several years from ailments including osteoarthritis. Dworkin wrote openly about the experiences as a prostitute, rape victim and battered wife that led her to become a crusader against pornography and violence against women.

Originally from Camden, N.J., Dworkin graduated from Bennington College in Vermont in 1968 with a degree in literature.

She was called the "eloquent feminist" by the syndicated columnist Ellen Goodman.

Her many books included "Scapegoat: The Jews, Israel, and Women's Liberation," which in 2001 won an American Book Award, given to honor cultural diversity in American writing. She was writing a book with the working title "Writing America: How Novelists Invented and Gendered a Nation," when she died, Stoltenberg said.

Though some critics dismissed her work as unreasoned diatribe, Ms. Dworkin remained an outspoken champion of the causes in which she believed.

"I am not afraid of confrontation or risk," she wrote in "Letters From a War Zone," "also not of arrogance or error."

A public memorial will be held in New York, said Stoltenberg. Arrangements were incomplete.

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