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Margaret Mead: A Life Paperback – December 16, 1989
"My Father, the Pornographer" by Fang Lizhi
A son tries to understand his late father, by reading the 400-plus novels left to him in his father's will. Check out "My Father, the Pornographer".
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I am only part way through the book, but am learning a great deal about this intellectually gifted woman who was not afraid to question the social customs of the times in which she lived. Imagine a woman in the 1920's who refused to change her last name when she married. Unheard of!! Even her father was very angry about it. She seemed to mesmerize the men she married -all three of them. Mead was no great beauty, nor glamorous. She was much appreciated for her intellectual ability and dedication to her work. I find it a interesting that she very much wanted to be a mother. Her own mother, an intellectual and college graduate, had five children. This did not interfere with her work and intellectual endeavors. She also was a woman not held back by gender or social custom. She was not around much as Margaret and her siblings grew up. One would think resentment regarding the absence of mother would affect Margaret's desire to be a mother. BUT - she was a mother much the way her own mother was -not present a lot in her only child's growing up years. This is a fascinating look at the 20th century's most fascinating social scientist.