- Author:Marilyn French
- Publisher:HarperCollins Distribution Services; First edition (April 6, 1978)
- Pages:472 pages
- Subcategory:Women's Fiction
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- ePUB format1593 kb
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- Formats:lit lrf doc mobi
Marilyn French was born in 1929 in New York into a family of Polish descent. She received her doctorate from Harvard University in 1972.
Marilyn French was born in 1929 in New York into a family of Polish descent. A bestselling writer of both fiction and non-fiction her work includes The Women’s Room (1977), The Bleeding Heart (1980), Her Mother’s Daughter (1987), The War Against Women (1992), My Summer with George (1996) and A Season in Hell (1998); her illuminating memoir of her victory over cancer. Marilyn French is also a literary critic, her articles and stories appear in a wide range of journals and anthologies. She has taught at Hofstra, Harvard and the College.
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The Women's Room is the debut novel by American feminist author Marilyn French, published in 1977
The Women's Room is the debut novel by American feminist author Marilyn French, published in 1977. It launched French as a major participant in the feminist movement and, while French states it is not autobiographical, the book reflects many autobiographical elements. For example, French, like the main character, Mira, was married and divorced, and then attended Harvard where she obtained a P. in English Literature.
I consider Marilyn French’s The Women’s Room a must read for anyone interested in the historical background of 2nd Wave Feminism. This book documents an eerie and unyielding portrait of the frustrations, heartbreak & liimitations experienced by a group of women. Their professional, intellectual, reproductive, and familial constrictions, and (lack of) equality dictates a tragedy of struggles within 20th century North America. 2 people found this helpful.
The harsh vision of marriage in Marilyn French's The Women's Room looks cartoon-like today. You become older than the books that influence you, and it is as difficult not to patronise them as it is not to patronise your younger self. But the first bestselling novel to emerge from 1970s feminism still strikes a chord. At the same time, it is impossible not to feel it was a better self that was once capable of being so horrified that it vowed to do better. But the turning-point experiences - Uncle Tom's Cabin, Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, Cathy Come Home, Bob Geldof and Live Aid - even when they are recent, seem to belong to a distant era.
Mira and Val and I were part of what one eminent professor of English in this exalted institution had referred to sneeringly as the ‘Geritol crowd. I don’t know why Harvard accepted us at all; it was not its usual practice. Perhaps because of the war – we were eminently undraftable. But we were few enough in number to feel terribly alone in that mass of undirected faces, all of which looked under twenty. They weren’t of course: Kyla was twenty-four, Isolde, twenty-six, Clarissa, twenty-three.
Mira was hiding in the ladies’ room. She called it that, even though someone had scratched out the word ladies’ in the sign on the door, and written women’s underneath. So begins the famous feminist novel that follows the transformation of Mira Ward and her circle as the women’s movement begins to have an impact on their lives.
First published in 1977, The Women's Room by Marilyn French has become a feminist classic. My favourite feminist novel at the time, discovered when I was sixteen, was Small Changes by Marge Piercy. My sixteen-year-old self thrilled at the naughtiness and sexiness of Lisa Alther‘s feminist romp Kinflicks. I knew the next feminist novel I had to read was The Women’s Room, a book I had grown up with on my parents’ bookshelf
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The Women's Room (1997). About book: In retrospect, I can say that, while "The Women's Room" wasn't always an enjoyable book, it was an important book, a narrative worthy of my time and attention in that it is a significant perspective of the life of the middle-class woman pre- and post- second wave feminism. It is often difficult for young adult women to appreciate our nearness, in terms of decades, to an American system which legalized and regulated the condemnation of the single woman.
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