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Marilyn French (1929 - 2009) was regarded as one of the greatest living feminist writers. Her controversial and provocative first novel THE WOMEN'S ROOM, published in 1977, sold 20 million copies worldwide and quickly became a classic of the women's movement. Marilyn French was also a literary critic. She died in May 2009.
November 2012 Guest Editor Kate Mosse on The Women's Room... The subject of forgotten - or hidden – women’s history is important to me as a writer, especially in Citadel. French’s The Women’s Room is one of those novels that most laid bare the reality of how many women lived – their loves and disappointments, expectations and secret language. A terrific story, a rattling good read, it’s also a reminder of how things that matter in life have – sometimes – both to be fought for and protected. Visit our 'Women's Words - 60+ works of feminist-minded fiction' to explore our collection of feminist-minded fiction from around the world, and across centuries.
Mutter zu sein - welchen Preis mussen Frauen fur diese Rolle zahlen? Und die Tochter - sind sie nicht oft die Opfer ihrer Mutter? Nicht alle Frauen sind Mutter - aber sie sind alle Tochter. Marilyn French erzahlt in ihrem bewegenden Roman Schicksale von Muttern und Tochtern aus vier Generationen. Sie erzahlt von ihren Versuchen, mit sich selbst ins Reine zu kommen und zu ihren Kindern eine neue Beziehung zu finden.
Im Zug von London nach Oxford begegnen sich Dolores und Victor. Beide sind Amerikaner, verheiratet, haben Kinder und halten sich fur ein Jahr beruflich in England auf. Sie verlieben sich heftig ineinander, und ebenso heftig sind die Auseinandersetzungen, die sie zur Bewaltigung ihrer Vergangenheit fuhren, die Machtkampfe, die sie austragen: Victor, der erfolgreiche Technokrat, und Dolores, die Wissenschaftlerin und Feministin mit dem "e;blutenden Herzen"e;. Von Anfang an ist beiden klar, da ihre gemeinsame Zeit zu Ende gehen wird und sie sich entscheiden mussen zwischen ihrer leidenschaftlichen, kraftezehrenden Beziehung und der Ruckkehr in ihre gewohnte Umgebung.
Die Geschichte der Menschheit ist zugleich und vor allem eine Geschichte der mannlichen Macht, die vor Jahrtausenden mit den ersten Schritten zur Beherrschung der Natur einsetzte und sich heute angesichts der apokalyptischen Aura am Horizont der abendlandischen Zivilisation einem verderblichen Ende zu nahern scheint. Vor diesem Hintergrund untersucht Marilyn French in ihrem umfassenden und mit reichhaltigem Quellenmaterial versehenen Werk die Ursprunge jener Macht und den Proze ihrer Ausweitung. Sie fragt nach ihren Auswirkungen auf die Lebensbedingungen von Mann und Frau in unterschiedlichen Kulturen und Epochen und forscht nach ihrem Niederschlag in exemplarischen Gesellschaftsbereichen: Theologie, politische Theorie, Rechtswesen, Medizin, Wirtschafts- und Erziehungswesen. Die Befunde addieren sich nicht nur zu einer allgemeingultigen Standortbestimmung der Frau und der feministischen Bewegung, sondern liefern den Beweis dafur, da das Patriarchat weder die naturliche noch die unvermeidliche Organisationsform der menschlichen Gesellschaft darstellt. In ihrer Analyse entlarvt Marilyn French den kritischen Zustand der abendlndischen Zivilisation als Folge der Zerstrung unserer moralischen Wertordnung durch die patriarchalische Machtgier. Sie weist zwingend nach, da wir auf den Totalitarismus oder auf den Weltuntergang zusteuern, falls wir uns nicht eine Vision der menschlichen Zukunft zu eigen machen, die auf elementaren humanen Werten beruht: auf Werten, die in der Vergangenheit immer verchtlich als "e;weiblich"e; abgetan worden sind.
Three powerful novels about family and the female experience from the multimillion-selling author of The Women's Room. A collection of three works of fiction by a New York Timesbestselling author who ';write[s] about the inner lives of women with insight and intimacy' (The New York Times Book Review). Her Mother's Daughter: In this life-affirming saga that celebrates the love and sacrifices of four generations of Polish-American mothers and daughters, Stacey, a divorced feminist New York photographer, struggles to understand the experience of her mother, a child of Polish immigrants who clawed her way out of poverty and settled into a middle-class existencewhile at the same time managing her tempestuous relationship with her own daughter, Arden. Our Father: As distinguished presidential adviser Stephen Upton lies mortally ill in a Massachusetts hospital, four women gather at his lavish mansion. Half sisters Elizabeth, Mary, Alex, and Ronnie have painful and poignant memories of their childhoodsand their dying father. They haven't seen each other in years, but as they open up to each other about the man they both love and hate, they will discover the terrible secret that binds them all together. The Bleeding Heart: Dolores Durer, a divorced professor and mother of two adult children, has sworn off love after a series of disastrous affairs. Meanwhile, electronics executive Victor Morrissey is in England to open a branch office. He has four children and is unhappily married. When Victor and Dolores meeton a traintheir connection is instant and passionate. In this New York Timesbestselling novel about love and marriage, two Americans abroad embark on an affair that will have consequences in both their lives.
An unapologetically romantic novel about a woman who finds love in middle ageAfter four marriages and numerous affairs, famed author Hermione Beldame doesn't expect real life to play out like her bestselling romance novels. So she's stunned when she meets George Johnson at a party and the Louisville journalist sweeps her off her feet. The handsome, seductive younger man is the epitome of southern charm. Suddenly, Hermione, who never believed in happily-ever-after, is passionately, obsessively in love.During this game-changing summer, as she shuttles between Manhattan and the Hamptons, Hermioneborn Elsa Schutzlooks back on her life and the choices that brought her to this crossroad. Consumed by an erotic longing she's never felt before, she sets out on a quest to understand her past, her present, and her future, set in motion by this maddening, elusive, ultimately unknowable man.
An extraordinary memoir on facing death . . . and choosing lifeWhere there's a will . . .Given a death sentence after being diagnosed with cancer, Marilyn French fought back . . . and won.A Season in Hellis the story of her battle to survive against overwhelming odds.A smoker for almost half a century, French was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in the summer of 1992. She was given a year to live, but five years later, she was, incredibly, cancer free. In this inspiring account, French chronicles her journey, from her reaction to the devastating news, to the chemotherapy that almost killed her, to her miraculous return to life following a two-week coma. She shares her feelings on apathetic doctors, the vital importance of a support network of friends and family, and how her near-death experience forever altered her perspective and priorities.
The woman who changed the face of feminism withThe Women's Roombrings us an unforgettable story of sisterhood, fatherhood, family, and loveIn a Massachusetts hospital, as distinguished presidential adviser Stephen Upton lies mortally ill, four women gather at his lavish mansion. Half sisters Elizabeth, Mary, Alex, and Ronnie have painful and poignant memories of their childhoodsand of their father.Born to different mothers, the sisters haven't seen one another in years.As Upton hovers between life and death, his daughters begin to open up about the man they love and hate. They share their stories and discover the terrible secret that binds them all together . . . the secret they kept even as they fought for Upton's approval and affection. As they struggle to make peace with their fatherand with one anotherthe women finally begin to heal and forgive the sins of the past. Moving and eloquent,Our Fatheris a testament to the power of female bonding.
Famed feminist Marilyn French's life-affirming saga celebrates the love and sacrifices of four generations of Polish-American mothers and daughters. With Bella Dabrowski close to death, her daughter Anastasia, who has reinvented herself as Stacey Stevens, is trying to penetrate the longstanding barriers between them to understand the woman who gave her life. Through the eyes of Stacey, a divorced, feminist New York photographer, we get to know Bella, a remarkable woman, wife, and mother. The daughter of Polish immigrants, Bella, who renamed herself Belle, clawed her way out of poverty and settled into a middle-class existence. Shifting perspectives between the two women, the reader is drawn into Belle's life through the lean years of the Depression as well as Stacey's recollections of her youthful marriage, a lesbian affair, and her tempestuous relationship with her own daughter, Arden. From the groundbreaking author of The Women's Room, Her Mother's Daughter explores past and present to reveal the complex, indestructible bonds between daughters and mothers.
From the bestselling author of The Women's Room comes a resonant novel about love and marriageDolores Durer, a divorced English professor and the mother of two adult children, has sworn off love after a series of disastrous affairs. Electronics executive Victor Morrissey is in England to open a branch office. He has four children and is unhappily married.From the moment they meeton a traintheir connection is instant and passionate. The two Americans abroad embark on an affair that will have consequences in both their lives. Each carries baggage. Dolores is haunted by family tragedy; Victor is tormented by marital estrangement. Driven by an impending sense of urgency, knowing their time together is finite, they struggle to transform their pasts into a hopeful future.
In 1992, Marilyn French was told she had one year to live. A smoker of 48 years she was diagnosed as having cancer of the oesophagus, a cancer which is almost always fatal. Five years on, having battled with chemotherapy and radiotherapy, a heart attack and her back breaking, she is very much alive. And - astonishingly - her body shows no sign of cancer. A SEASON IN HELL is a remarkable, unsentimental, life-affirming journey from an indomitable woman who brought the fighting power she has always brought to the war between the sexes, to the war that for a while raged from within her.