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The Crux

Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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. . . was a plain, ordinary person, who spent most of a moderately useful life in the shoe business, from which he had of late withdrawn. Both he and his wife "had property" to a certain extent; and now lived peacefully on their income with neither fear nor hope, ambition nor responsibility to trouble them. The one thing they were yet anxious about was to see Vivian married, but this wish seemed to be no nearer to fulfillment for the passing years.

"I don't know what the women are thinking of, these days," went on the old gentleman, putting another shovelful of coal on the fire with a careful hand. "Doctors and lawyers and even ministers, some of 'em! The Lord certainly set down a woman's duty pretty plain—she was to cleave unto her husband!"

"Some women have no husbands to cleave to, Father."

"They'd have husbands fast enough if they'd behave themselves," he answered. "No man's going to want to marry one of47 these self-sufficient in. . . Read More

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The Crux - Ambrose Kelly

Charlotte Perkins Gilman

I learned so much before even starting to read this book the introduction taught me so much about Women and their lifestyles in the late 19th early 20th Century. I immediately thought how fitting considering it’s international women’s day today. As so

I've never really been one to read the introduction to books however I've definitely been converted after reading Ambrose Kelly's new introduction at the start of The Crux.

The Crux was originally published as a series of articles in Charlotte Gilman's periodical The Forerunner before later being col

So I'll admit I don't normally get on with books that are older or the 'classics' I can struggle to gel  with the writing and normally find it a bit boring but that wasn't the case with this book.
This book was originally published in 1911 and was aimed at 'young and impressionable women primarily,

Reading this book from a female perspective influenced my enjoyment of it. It automatically differs when the book promotes women as being required to marry and have children, especially when it also encourages women to be afraid of men. This is because men have some kind of STI that will affect the

When I was offered a place on the tour for The Crux, I knew I had to participate. I enjoyed The Yellow Wallpaper the first time I read it and I appreciate it even more for a bunch of different reasons since reading it later in life. So naturally I’d want to read a piece of work that has been in and

I was sent a copy of this book from Leamington Books as part of an upcoming book tour organised by Love Book Tours. With thanks to both, this gift has not impacted my review.

Outside of Herland, Charlotte Perkins Gilman is an author I know very very little about. The introduction in the edition I

I actually really enjoyed this book, but probably because I was reading it from the female perspective of the 21st century. The entire books promotion of women being obligated to marry and have children is automatically different, especially when the book is also promoting women to fear men since 75

'On ladies avoiding gonorrhea and syphilis' would be a better title for this book. The language is fit for a instruction manual and not for a novel, but it was an interesting read.

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