Item #5363 Earthsong (Native Tongue III). Suzette Haden Elgin.
Earthsong (Native Tongue III)

Earthsong (Native Tongue III)

New York: DAW Books, Inc., 1994.

First Edition. Paperback. First Printing, February 1994, with full number line. 6 7/8" X 4 1/8". 255pp, plus ad. Moderate edgewear to pictorial paper wraps, featuring cover art by John Jude Palencar. Lean and creasing to spine. All edges yellow. Despite creasing to spine, binding remains firm, tight, and sound. Pages are clean and unmarked. This is the third and final volume in Suzette Haden Elgin's Native Tongue Trilogy. The first volume published in 1984, while Margaret Atwood was in the middle of writing The Handmaid's Tale, this dystopian trilogy imagines a future America where women no longer have legal rights and the earth's financial wellbeing depends on a line of linguists who breed women to birth and to become ideal translators of alien languages before they send them to "Barren Houses." The women of the linguist lines, however, have for generations been secretly crafting a language of their own, a language of revolution. Professor of linguistics Patricia Anne Wilkins (1936–2015) began writing science fiction under the pen name Suzette Haden Elgin as a widowed single mother trying to put herself through college in the 1960s. The language developed in the Native Tongue Trilogy is the constructed language Láadan which Elgin engineered and of which there are a handful of speakers in the world today. A very presentable first printing of this classic of feminist science fiction, recently brought back to print by the Feminist Press at CUNY.

“This angry feminist text is also an exemplary experiment in speculative fiction, deftly and implacably pursuing both a scientific hypothesis and an ideological hypothesis through all their social, moral, and emotional implications.” —Ursula K. Le Guin. Good. Item #5363
ISBN: 0886775922

Price: $40.00

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