The Feminine Mystique.

FRIEDAN Betty (1963.)



First UK edition. 8vo (222 x 142mm). 410 pp. Original red cloth, spine lettered in gilt, dust jacket (jacket slightly edge worn, with small closed tears to the head of spine and lower corner of front panel, otherwise an excellent copy). London, Gollancz.

Betty Friedan’s first published work, first printed earlier the same year in America. A canonical text of feminist philosophy, its popular influence has been widely credited with sparking the second-wave feminist movement in the United States.

The Feminine Mystique is significant for bringing together diverse debates in philosophy, sociology and psychology to develop a widespread survey of the position of women in American society. Friedan was also broadly informed by the theoretical advances made by Simone de Beauvoir’s conception of femininity as ‘Other’ (see Chapter Five on ’The Sexual Solipsism of Sigmund Freud’).

Friedan was able to speak directly to the everyday lives of women from across society in post-war United States, a fact to the which book owed much of its popular success and cultural influence. In many respects, Friedan’s work was an important early articulation of the tenet ‘the personal is political’, that would become central to the women’s liberation movement in the late 1960s and beyond.

In 1966, Friedan co-founded and was elected first president of the reformist National Organization for Women.

Provenance: from the publisher's archive of Victor Gollancz (1893–1967). Retained by the publisher as an "archive" or "file" copy, denoted as such by a rubber stamped "File Copy" to the rear panel of dust jacket and front pastedown, inventory number inked to rear panel of jacket.

Stock Code: 231246

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