The Madwoman's Underclothes: Essays and Occasional Writings 1968-1985 - Germaine GreerLondon: Picador, 1996, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good+ — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper. Pages lightly age-tanned.
From the cover: “Always strong and fearless, Germaine Greer heads right into the heart of the matter — from the youthful liveliness of her contributions to Oz in the late sixties, when her Cassandra pieces got up everybody’s nose, on through the Sunday Times period (‘I was very well aware that my future as a columnist depended principally on my ability to entertain the couple under the Habitat duvet on a Sunday morning, and so I interspersed my more bitter animadversions with frivolous columns about moped riding and going knickerless. ’) and into the depth and complexity of the later essays, The Madwoman’s Underclothes is both a reflection of an era and the changing ideas and styles of Germaine Greer. From sources as diverse as Spare Rib, Forum, the Spectator and the New York Times, this collection represents a mosaic of essays, long and short, some of which are appearing for the first time in print. The subject-matter is as various as John F. Kennedy and vaginal deodorants, rape and artificial insemination, Willie Hamilton’s Sex Discrimination Bill and the death of Jimi Hendrix. And whether the topic covered is the aftermath of Bangladesh, UN conferences in International Women’s Year or Mick Farren and The Pink Fairies or cosmetic surgery, the implications and ideas she draws out of the latter relate in scale to those that are aired around the former. Explosive, angry and funny, they also reveal tenderness and sadness, and what underlies all the essays is that Germaine Greer cares. Germaine Greer is probably as well-known to the general reader for her continual presence in magazines and newspapers as she is for her major works — and this collection demonstrates what a force in our cultural life she is.”