Book Description
8vo, pp. [xviii], [224]. Pale blue cloth with yellow paper title panel to spine, blind-stamped Harper device to upper board. Fore-edge untrimmed. Boards sunned and faintly stained at edges, wear to heel of spine and corners. Edges tanned. Mull showing at pp.62-3 and pp.158-9, but, still, binding holding firm. Else, clean and bright – a good copy. In original dust jacket, sadly in poor condition: faded, large losses, front cover separating, but the satirical sentiment remains in evidence through the cover illustrations.
Dealer Notes
FIRST US EDITION ('H-G' to copyright page, indicating August 1932). '[T]he shrewdest and most merciless women writers of the day hold up man's shrinking naked form for observation (front flap). The satirical collection boasts original essays by nine
prominent British and North American female authors of the period – James Douglas' '[v]iragoes ... vixens ... wild cats' (back flap) – an unprecedented transatlantic collaboration that, with sharp tongue and pen, skewered contemporaneous gender politics. While humorous in tone, the collection is serious in its riposte to the gendered gaze of the print media and its othering of women. It contains 'Man and Religion' by Rebecca West, 'Man as Lover' by Isabel Paterson, 'Man the Helpmate' by
Storm Jameson, 'Man's Moral Law' by Sylvia Townsend Warner, as well as contributions by Margaret Culkin Banning, Mary Borden, E.M. Delafield, Susan Ertz and G.B. Stern. Paradoxically, and likely a concession to male readers (and publishers), the American edition is introduced by Harper Magazine's Frank Lewis Allen, whose US history, Only Yesterday (1931), was a recent best-seller for Harper. This edition was published the same year as Hamish Hamilton's re-titled, re-cased and tweaked London one, Man, Proud Man: in the
British edition, Isabel Paterson's chapter was replaced by Helen Simpson's contribution. Man, Proud Man is thought to have influenced Murray Constantine (Katharine Burdekin)’s Proud Man (1934) (see Williams, 1999). Shortly after editing this publication, Ulrich was appointed state director of Minnesota's Federal
Writers' Project, a New Deal initiative, and oversaw the production of The WPA Guide to Minnesota (1938). While not contributing a piece to the collection, Ulrich was no stranger to the observational feministessay, having drawn on her own (failed) experiment of sharing domestic duties with her husband whilst both worked in 'Men Are Queer That Way: Extracts from the Diary of an Apostate Woman Physician' (Scribner 93, 1933). An unusual interwar feminist title, especially the US edition with Isabel Paterson's essay and its original dust jacket.
Author ULRICH, Dr. Mabel S. (ed.); [BORDEN, Mary (1886-1968)]; [JAMESON, Storm]; [TOWNSEND WARNER, Sylvia (1893- 1978)]; [WEST, Rebecca (1892-1983)]
Date 1932
Binding Hardcover
Publisher New York & London: Harper & Brothers Publishers
Condition Good

Price: £75.00

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