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World Without Men

(1958)
(Alph)
A novel by

 
 
2012 Reprint of 1958 Edition. Exact facsimile of the original edition, not reproduced with Optical Recognition Software. The blurb on the thirty-five cent Ace paperback likens Charles Eric Maine's 1958 novel "World Without Men" to George Orwell's "1984" and Aldous Huxley's "Brave New World." Ordinarily one would regard such a comparison skeptically. Nevertheless, while not rising to the artistic level of the Orwell and Huxley masterpieces, "World Without Men" merits being rescued from the large catalogue of 1950s paperback throwaways. Maine's bases his vision of an ideological dystopia not on criticism of socialism or communism per se, nor of technocracy per se, but rather of feminism. Maine saw in the nascent feminism of his day (the immediate postwar period) a dehumanizing and destructive force, tending towards totalitarianism, which had the potential to deform society in radical, unnatural ways. Maine believed that feminism, as he understood it, derived its fundamental premises from hatred of, not respect for, the natural order. He also believed that feminism entailed a rebellion against sexual dimorphism.

Genre: Literary Fiction

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January 2012 : USA Paperback
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Title: World Without Men
Author(s): Charles Eric Maine
ISBN: 1-61427-227-1 / 978-1-61427-227-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Martino Fine Books
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October 1972 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Alph
Author(s): Charles Eric Maine
ISBN: 0-345-22904-5 / 978-0-345-22904-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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1972 : USA Paperback
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Title: Alph
Author(s): Charles Eric Maine
ISBN: 0-345-02904-6 / 978-0-345-02904-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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