Herland (Paperback)

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A must-read for feminists, misogynists and everyone in-between. Three hapless explorers, all 'strapping young men' discover access to a utopian island inhabited solely by a population of intellectually and culturally advanced women. The men make a series of missteps and broad assumptions as to the capabilities, interests, whims and desires of women that are so true to life it's comical and meantime, the woman navigate it all with capable grace. With the tone of the world these days, and with the momentum of Handmaid's Tale, Herland (which vastly predates yet likely helped to inform Atwood as a writer) is ripe for rediscovery.

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On the eve of World War I, an all-female society is discovered somewhere in the distant reaches of the earth by three male explorers who are now forced to re-examine their assumptions about women's roles in society.

About the Author

CHARLOTTE PERKINS GILMAN (1860-1935), humanist, wrote books of history, anthropology, ethics, and philosophy, as well as poetry, novels, satire, and social commentary. She devoted her life to lecturing and writing in order to persuade a vast audience of the feasibility of her feminist-socialist vision.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780394736655
ISBN-10: 0394736656
Publisher: Pantheon Books
Publication Date: February 12th, 1979
Pages: 147
Language: English