New York: The Macaulay Company. Very Good+ in Very Good dj. (c.1928). First American Edition. Hardcover. NOISBN . [light shelfwear, slight deterioration to binding at spine ends, small vintage label on front pastedown; jacket shows a bit of wear at extremities, some wrinkling/creasing in front panel]. The third novel by this New Zealand-born writer (1894-1962), who later became a prominent speaker and activist on behalf of the Communist Party of Australia, and was well-known for her outspoken opinions on sexuality and women's rights. This book, "a powerful study of the development of a woman's personality in a remote New Zealand 'bushtown'," like most of Devanny's fiction, is concerned with the economic and sexual relationships between men and women in marriage, the importance of motherhood to a woman's concept of herself, a woman's right to the free expression of her sexual desires, and issues of left-wing politics. Her first novel, "The Butcher Shop," had been banned in New Zealand, Australia, Germany and parts of the U.S.; in 1929 she moved with her family to Australia, where she was deeply involved with the Communist Party until she was expelled in 1941, ostensibly for "moral degeneracy." She later lamented that her devotion to the Party and its causes had prevented her from realizing her full potential as a writer (although she did publish over a dozen books, both fiction and non-fiction). [This item is featured in ReadInk's E-Catalog 3.1, which can be perused at our website, which you'll have to figure out how to find yourself. Many of the items can only be seen in that catalog, i.e. are not listed on whatever website you're viewing this.] . (Inventory #: 20236)
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