Herland

Paperback | June 18, 1998

byCharlotte Perkins Gilman

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Delightfully humorous account of a feminist utopia in which 3 male explorers stumble upon an all-female society isolated in a distant part of the earth. Early 20th-century vehicle for Gilman's then-unconventional views of male-female behavior, motherhood, individuality, sense of community, sexuality, and other topics. Mischievous, ironic approach used to telling effect.

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Delightfully humorous account of a feminist utopia in which 3 male explorers stumble upon an all-female society isolated in a distant part of the earth. Early 20th-century vehicle for Gilman's then-unconventional views of male-female behavior, motherhood, individuality, sense of community, sexuality, and other topics. Mischievous, iron...

Charlotte Perkins Gilman was born in 1860 in Hartford, Conn. Her traumatic childhood led to depression and to her eventual suicide. Gilman's father abandoned the family when she was a child and her mother, who was not an affectionate woman, recruited relatives to help raise her children. Among these relatives was Harriet Beecher Stowe,...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:128 pages, 8.25 × 5.19 × 0.68 inPublished:June 18, 1998Publisher:Dover PublicationsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0486404293

ISBN - 13:9780486404295

Appropriate for ages: 14

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read! I found this book to be very thought provoking. I found it very interesting to have an entire nation completely self-sufficient by only one sex; in this case, female. As a man, I didn't feel threatened at all. It made a lot of sense to me. CPG's writing is fluid and, at the same time, stark. Her descriptions of the land- of Herland- brought me there. A must!
Date published: 2000-08-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from For a good time, I'd suggest another book :) This book deals with three men trapped in a segregated piece of land from the rest of the world, where only females exist -- they breed via parthenogenesis. The land and its people are seen as perfect with virtually no flaws. I think this book was good for its time, by which I mean it helped women see their potential and men see women's potential. In our current era of understanding between the genders, however, this book does little more than to create a rift between the sexes moreso. Women and men are different, of course, but we each have our strengths; no gender can create a utopian world because we still, in the end, are human, prone to human issues. It portrays men as well-meaning but incapable. I wonder why the author didn't choose to make an example of what men and women could do together, given the right circumstances (as this book allotted the women). Again, it was an interesting read, but I'm not a big fan of either gender trying to tout who is better; I didn't find it enlightening in any way. If you read it, I hope you enjoy it.
Date published: 1999-11-11