Marilyn French

Literary Birthday – 21 November – Marilyn French

Marilyn French was born 21 November 1929, and died 2 May 2009.

Five Quotes

  1. Fear is a question. What are you afraid of and why? Our fears are a treasure house of self-knowledge if we explore them.
  2. Our culture believes strong individuals can transcend their circumstances. I myself don’t much enjoy books by Hardy or Dreiser or Wharton, where the outside world is so strong, so overwhelming, that the individual hasn’t a chance. I get impatient, I keep feeling that somehow the deck is stacked unfairly. That is the point, of course, but my feeling is that if that’s true, I don’t want to play. I prefer to move to another table where I can retain my illusion, if illusion it be, that I’m working only against only probabilities, and have a chance to win. Then if you lose, you can blame it on your own poor playing. That is called a tragic flaw, and like guilt, it’s very comforting. You can go on believing that there really is a right way, and you just didn’t find it.
  3. (Feminism defined): the belief that women matter as much as men do.
  4. My books are water; those of the great geniuses are wine – everybody drinks water.
  5. All the women I know feel a little like outlaws.

Marilyn French was an American author. She is best known for writing The Women’s Room and The War Against Women.

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by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 21st November 2013