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Beacon Classics: Gyn/Ecology by Mary Daly

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Mary Daly (1928-2010) was a world-renowned radical feminist philosopher. When her groundbreaking work, Gyn/Ecology, was first released by Beacon in 1978, one reviewer called it “the most important book to come out of the feminist movement since Daly’s last book, Beyond God the Father.”

“In this deeply original, provocative book, outrage, hilarity, grief, profanity, lyricism and moral daring join in bursting the accustomed bounds even of feminist discourse.” —The New York Times Book Review 

“Daly’s insights into the background of radical feminism…are brilliant, and her synthesis of theology, mythology, philosophy, history, and medicine is absolutely overwhelming.” —Library Journal 

Gyn/Ecology is a great leap forward in feminist theory…It defies simplistic categorizations of political theory, philosophy of religion, or even poetry. The book is all of these yet none, because it goes beyond them.” —Janice Raymond, New Women’s Times Feminist Review 

“A vivid and exciting work, destined to become of landmark in the radical feminist process.” —Chrysalis 

“Brilliant and soaring, Mary Daly’s Gyn/Ecology is the most amazing book I’ve ever read. It set me spinning. A wonderfully dangerous book.” —Gena Corea 

“Daly writes with deep healing anger and uncompromising vision. Her book gives a shock of awakening such as is found in the works of Simone de Beauvoir.” —Publishers Weekly