Putnam's Monthly and the Critic Volume 4

Putnam's Monthly and the Critic Volume 4

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ...are things in this book which have fallen into their minds like seed. Perhaps they were already there, unfelt, and its quick contact has caused them to germinate. Solid bonds attach this book to the theses of the feminist movement, though one cannot say that it is solely a book of feminism, for it is above all a book of life--a work so true that some soi SIBILLA ALERAMO From an amateur photograph taken recently in Rome disant Italian feminists have been astonished at it, then disconcerted, and some have even been indignant. The questions that it puts, or rather solves, naturally touch women, for it is the whole life of a woman, presented to the public in the form of a confession. I shall not attempt a long resume of this book, which has been translated into French, German, Russian, Spanish and English and is now being put into Swedish. Though called by the author a novel, it might as well be termed a journal intime. It is the autobiography of a young and most unhappy woman, who, to escape from the brutalizing yoke of the man who holds her to him by an inhuman law, frees herself by the most painful sacrifice that a woman's heart can be called on to bear. It is a condemnation of conjugal life based on the submission of 'one sex to the other; it is the proclamation of the right of a woman to free human dignity, when cnishcd under the feet of the stronger sex. The first part of the book would suffice to place an author. The latter part has given rise to much discussion; some, unmindful of the severity of the Italian law, have declaimed hotly against the mother who could leave her child, even to gain her own soul. So poignant is the scene of parting, that one has to lay down the book for a moment, even though enthralled...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 19mm | 658g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236908600
  • 9781236908605