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  • Published: 1 February 2011
  • ISBN: 9781409029182
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 496
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Monuments And Maidens

The Allegory of the Female Form




'A Dazzling and invigorating book' Guardian

'The question of why the female form has been considered appropriate, since the earliest days of Western civilisation, to personify a wide range of ideal concepts is an intriguing one that fully deserves this detailed and scholarly exploration. Marina Warner examines three very different allegorical uses of the female form: New York's Statue of Liberty, the public sculptures of central Paris and the images of Mrs Thatcher favoured by Fleet Street. The latter is one of the most brilliant analyses of the book, displaying Ms Warner's combination of wit and erudition at its most dazzling' - FINANCIAL TIMES
'Ms Warner provides no battle cries, suggests no postures, indicates few directions to take; she simply demonstrates a long-lived and continuing process which has been and still is used to the detriment of women. And she demonstrates with clarity and precision which is hard to argue against and impossible to dismiss'. TIME OUT

  • Pub date: 1 February 2011
  • ISBN: 9781409029182
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 496

About the Author

Marina Warner

Marina Warner spent her early years in Cairo, and was educated at a convent in Berkshire, and then in Brussels and London, before studying modern languages at Oxford. She is an internationally acclaimed cultural historian, critic, novelist and short story writer. Her non-fiction works include The Beast to the Blonde, No Go the Bogeyman, Fantastic Metamorphoses and Stranger Magic, while her fiction includes the novels The Lost Father (shortlisted for the Booker Prize), Indigo and The Leto Bundle, and short story collections including Murderers I Have Known. She lectures widely in Europe, the United States and the Middle East and was appointed CBE in 2008.

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