PROUD MAN [by] Murray Constantine [pseudonym]. London: Boriswood, . Octavo, pp. [1-12] 13-317  [319-320: blank] [note: first and last leaves are blanks], original blue cloth, spine panel stamped in white, publisher's monogram stamped in blind on rear panel. First edition. Important proto-feminist fantasy that "subjects a sample of contemporary humanity to the searching interrogation of a visitor from the future ["Genuine Person"] whose hermaphroditism stands as a reproach to our local muddle." - Clute and Nicholls (eds), The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (1993), p. 175. A "'speculative fiction' that explores Burdekin's preferred themes: the construction of gender roles, violence, religion, and nationalism. Through the conventions of time travel and the dialogue between traveler and guides, Burdekin offers an incisive, feminist critique of the politics of privilege, gender, violence, and militarism in the West." - Raffaella Baccolini, "Proud Man," in Fortunati and Trousson, eds., Dictionary of Literary Utopias, 507-508. "A fascinating intellectual exercise, more closely akin to Olaf Stapledon's LAST MEN IN LONDON than Grant Allen's THE BRITISH BARBARIANS. It anticipates the use of science fiction as an exploratory medium by modern lesbian feminists." - Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-277. Clarke, Tale of the Future (1978), p 65. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 57. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, Additions. Bleiler (1978), p. 48. Reginald 03322. White enamel lettering on spine panel partially perished (less than usual), a very good copy in pictorial 7/6 dust jacket with mostly small chips from edges, largest 20x50 mm at upper spine end with loss of "PROUD" in title and 20x25 v-chip at upper edge of front panel with loss of part of "O" and part of "U" in "PROUD." Copies of this book in jacket are rare. (#164082).
"FIRST PUBLISHED APRIL 1934" on copyright page.