Marilyn French


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Marilyn French (née Edwards) (November 21, 1929 – May 2, 2009) was an American author.

French was born in Brooklyn to E. Charles Edwards, an engineer and Isabel Hazz Edwards who worked as a department store clerk. She received a bachelor's degree from Hofstra University (then Hofstra College) in 1951, on Long Island and studied philosophy and English literature. She also received a ... more »

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  • ''To nourish children and raise them against odds is in any time, any place, more valuable than to fix bolts in cars or design nuclear weapons.''
    Marilyn French (20th century), U.S. author. As quoted in Woman to Woman, by Julia Gilden and Mark Riedman (1994).
  • ''"I hate discussions of feminism that end up with who does the dishes," she said. So do I. But at the end, there are always the damned dishes.''
    Marilyn French (b. 1929), U.S. author, critic. Isolde, in The Women's Room, ch. 1, sct. 21 (1977).
  • ''Nothing is ever simple. What do you do when you discover you like parts of the role you're trying to escape?''
    Marilyn French (b. 1929), U.S. author, critic. Mira, in The Women's Room, ch. 5, sct. 6 (1977).
  • One thing that makes art different from life is that in art things have a shape ... it allows us to fix our emotions on events at the moment they occur, it permits a union of heart and mind and tongue...
    Marilyn French (b. 1929), U.S. author, critic. The Women's Room, ch. 3, sect. 1 (1977).
  • Whatever they may be in public life, whatever their relations with men, in their relations with women, all men are rapists and that's all they are. They rape us with their eyes, their laws, their code...
    Marilyn French (b. 1929), U.S. author. Valerie, in The Woman's Room, ch. 5, sct. 19 (1977).
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