A Season in Hell: A Memoir

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Random House Publishing Group, 2000 - Health & Fitness - 272 pages
With the insight, intelligence, and emotional honesty she has used to examine so many other women's lives in her fiction, Marilyn French now looks deeply into her own as she battles with doctors and the medical establishment; as her family and friends surround her, giving her spiritual strength; and as she defies all diagnoses and prognostications and emerges whole and more open to life than ever.

In this intimate account of her long battle with an often fatal cancer, Marilyn French also shares her own inescapably human para and despair, reemerging from a season in hell as a woman profoundly changed and healed. The result is an inspirational and literary tour de force.

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A graceful, uncompromising account of French's diagnosis of, treatment for, and survival of esophageal cancer. From the moment she felt her first symptoms under a warm Florida sun, the politically ... Read full review

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Early in 1992, scholar and novelist French (The Women's Room, LJ 10/15/87; My Summer with George, LJ 8/96) was diagnosed with esophageal cancer and given virtually no chance of recovery. Here she ... Read full review



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Writer and feminist activist Marilyn French was born in Brooklyn, New York on November 21, 1929. She studied philosophy and English literature at Hofstra College, earning a bachelor's degree in 1951 and a master's in 1964. Before earning her doctorate from Harvard University, she taught English at Hofstra from 1964 to 1968. She was an assistant professor of English at the College of the Holy Cross from 1972 to 1976. She wrote numerous books throughout her lifetime including The Women's Room (1977), The War against Women (1992), and Season in Hell: A Memoir (1998). She died of heart failure on May 2, 2009 at the age of 79.

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