Books: Anguish Artist

THE BLEEDING HEART by Marilyn French Summit; 377 pages; $12.95

The bestseller is the AK-47 of the women's liberation movement. It has proved to be a highly effective weapon: relatively cheap, easy to mass produce, reliable and deadly even in inexperienced hands. A case in point was Marilyn French's first novel, The Women's Room (1977). It hit middle-class America at the right time. Consciousness was up; stale marriages were crumbling like mummies exposed to the air; Jacks were breaking their crowns and Jills stopped tumbling after. The Women's Room certainly contributed to the body...

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