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The question of why the female form has been considered appropriate, since the earliest days of Western civilisation, to personify a wide range of ideal concepts is an intriguing one that fully deserves this detailed and scholarly exploration. Marina Warner examines three very different allegorical uses of the female form- New York's Statue of Liberty, the public sculptures of central Paris and the images of Mrs Thatcher favoured by Fleet Street. The latter is one of the most brilliant analyses of the book, displaying Ms Warner's combination of wit and erudition at its most dazzling' - FINANCIAL TIMES
Marina Warner spent her early years in Cairo, and was educated at a convent in Berkshire, and then in Brussels and London, before studying modern languages at Oxford. She is an internationally acclaimed cultural historian, critic, novelist and short story writer. From her early books on the Virgin Mary and Joan of Arc, to her bestselling studies of fairy tales and folk stories, From the Beast to the Blonde and No Go the Bogeyman, her work has explored different figures in myth and fairy tale and the art and literature they have inspired. She lectures widely in Europe, the United States and the Middle East, and is currently Professor in the Department of Literature, Film and Theatre Studies, University of Essex. She was appointed CBE in 2008. www.marinawarner.com