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Scribe to publish Ruth Bader Ginsburg biography

The book is 'a new and revised edition of the landmark biography' updated since Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on 18 September, and will be published on 12 November as a £10.99, 608 page B-format paperback. UK and Commonwealth (ex Canada) rights were acquired from Rachel Clements at Abner Stein, acting on behalf of Sandra Dijkstra and the deal was concluded at the start of October.

Sarah Braybrooke, publisher and managing director of Scribe UK, said: 'The swearing-in of Amy Coney Barrett this week seems like an apt moment to announce that we are publishing a major biography of RBG next month. I’m delighted that Scribe will be bringing this major work of women’s life writing to a UK audience. RBG was an icon, and her death has profound political implications, but she was more than a feminist meme or a political symbol. This rich biography ensures she will be remembered in all her humanity.'

In this comprehensive, revelatory biography—fifteen years of interviews and research in the making—historian Jane Sherron De Hart explores the central experiences that crucially shaped Ginsburg’s passion for justice, her advocacy for gender equality, and her meticulous jurisprudence. At the heart of her story and abiding beliefs was her Jewish background, specifically the concept of tikkun olam, the Hebrew injunction to ‘repair the world’, with its profound meaning for a young girl who grew up during the Holocaust and World War II.

Ruth’s journey began with her mother, who died tragically young but whose intellect inspired her daughter’s feminism. It stretches from Ruth’s days as a baton twirler at Brooklyn’s James Madison High School to Cornell University to Harvard and Columbia Law Schools; to becoming one of the first female law professors in the country and having to fight for equal pay and hide her second pregnancy to avoid losing her job; to becoming the director of the ACLU’s Women’s Rights Project and arguing momentous anti-sex-discrimination cases before the US Supreme Court.

All this, even before being nominated in 1993 to become the second woman on the Court, where her crucial decisions and dissents are still making history. Intimately, personably told, this biography offers unprecedented insight into a pioneering life and legal career whose profound impact will reverberate deep into the twenty-first century and beyond.

De Hart has written on twentieth-century US history and US women’s history. She was professor of history and director of women’s studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and professor of history at the University of California.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

The definitive account of an icon who shaped gender equality for all women.

In this comprehensive, revelatory biography — fifteen years of interviews and research in the making — historian Jane Sherron De Hart explores the central experiences that crucially shaped Ginsburg’s passion for justice, her advocacy for gender equality, and her meticulous jurisprudence. At the heart of her story and abiding beliefs was her Jewish background, specifically the concept of tikkun olam, the Hebrew injunction to ‘repair the world’, with its profound meaning for a young girl who grew up during the Holocaust…

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