A World of Women

A World of Women

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When a plague wipes out most of the world's male population and civilization crumbles, women struggle to build an agrarian community in the English countryside.

Imagine a plague that brings society to a standstill by killing off most of the men on Earth. The few men who survive descend into lechery and atavism. Meanwhile, a group of women (accompanied by one virtuous male survivor) leave the wreckage of London to start fresh, establishing a communally run agrarian outpost. But their sexist society hasn't permitted most of them to learn any useful skills--will the commune survive their first winter? This is the bleak world imagined in 1913 by English writer J. D. Beresford--one that has particular resonance for the planet's residents in the 2020s. This edition of A World of Women offers twenty-first century readers a new look at a neglected classic.

Beresford introduces us to the solidly bourgeois, prim and proper Gosling family. As once-bustling London shuts down--Parliament closes, factories grind to a halt, nature reclaims stone and steel--the paterfamilias Mr. Gosling adopts a life of libertinism while his daughters in the countryside struggle to achieve a radically transformed and improved egalitarian and feminist future.


Author: J. D. Beresford
Publisher: MIT Press
Published: 03/15/2022
Pages: 340
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 1.20lbs
Size: 7.80h x 5.28w x 1.02d
ISBN: 9780262543354

About the Author
J. D. Beresford (1873-1947) was a British writer of science fiction and horror. His novel The Hampdenshire Wonder was much influenced by H. G. Wells, and in 1914 Beresford published the first critical study of Wells.