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Herland [in] The Forerunner. A Monthly Magazine - GILMAN, Charlotte Perkins - 1915. 
New York: The Charlton Company. 1915. First. First edition. Tall octavo. 336,  contents pp. Illustrated terra cotta cloth stamped in black. Tiny ownership stamp of the Alice Park Collection, light dampstain in bottom page corner visible only on the first couple and last third of the leaves, else a nice and tight near fine copy. Boldly Inscribed on the front fly: "Charlotte Perkins Gilman with love and honor for her friend Alice Park. 1916."Alice Locke Park, feminist, reformer, and pacifist, was born in Boston in 1861, but lived most of her life in California. She was active in both national and international organizations for the improvement of prison conditions, labor laws, human education, wild life conservation, and the preservation of natural resources. Her primary interest, however, was in women's rights, and she was assistant director of the Susan B. Anthony Memorial Committee of California. She wrote and promoted the California law, adopted in 1913, granting women equal rights of guardianship over their children. Alice Locke Park died in 1961. Her papers are at the Huntington Library, and her collection of suffrage posters was donated to the Schlesinger Library at Radcliffe.The first appearance of the feminist utopian novel Herland serialized and appearing here complete in twelve issues in Volume 6 of Perkins' magazine The Forerunner. An effective and witty novel wherein three young men discover Herland, a utopia inhabited by an all-female race which has existed without men for 2000 years. Eventually the three men select partners and marry, introducing a new era, that of Fatherhood. The novel's effectiveness is rooted in the fact that Gilman, a humanist known for her feminist social vision, examines the history, culture, and philosophy of this Motherhood-worshipping society through a male narrator, which provides for entertaining twists.A classic novel, not printed separately until 1979 that is both a high spot of feminism and utopian fiction, and with a significant inscription. .
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