Marge Piercy Analysis

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Marge Piercy is an American poet, novelist and social activist, born in Detroit, Michigan on March 31st, 1936 into a Jewish family which was deeply affected by the Great Depression. Being the first in her family to attend college, Marge started out as a disinterested student and only began to love books when she was sick with rheumtic fever and could not do much but read. Books taught her that there is a different world out there with horizons that were quite different from what she could see . Because of her flare for writing, Marge won the Hopwood Award for Poetry and Fiction in 1957. This scholarship gave her the opportunity to not only finish her education but also spend some time in France. Her formal schooling ended with an M.A from Northwestern University. ‘Breaking Camp’ in 1968 was the first volume of poetry she published and her first novel was ‘Going Down Fast’ published in 1969. She is the author of the New York Times bestseller ‘Gone to Soldiers’. Piercy is one of the few American writers who are accomplished poets along with being well known novelists. Piercy is known for her feminist writings. She often, in her novels and poems, focuses on feminism and other social concerns with varying settings. Some of her famous works are Woman on the Edge of Time (1976), He, She and It (1991), To be of Use (1973), Summer people (1989), The Longings of Women (1994), The moon is always female (1980), Circles on the water (1982), Art of Blessing the Day (1992) and
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