Heartbreaking news it is to lose another of one’s heroes…
Marilyn French, the feminist writer from Queens, NY, who is said to have “captured the quest of the modern feminist movement” in her highly acclaimed 1977 novel The Women’s Room, died from heart failure over the weekend at the age of 79.
French also wrote books and essays with a common theme of male subjugation of women. Other works include Her Mother’s Daughter, a semi-autobiographical exploration of several generations of women in one family; A Season in Hell, the story of her fight with esophageal cancer (she was a smoker for 40 years); and the four-volume From Eve to Dawn, A History of Women, published by The Feminist Press, which [covers] the condition of being a woman in the world [from] the beginning of time.
via Women on the Web: Feminist Author Marilyn French Dies at Age 79