Two 'classic' Piercy feminist works reissued by Ebury

Two 'classic' Piercy feminist works reissued by Ebury

Del Rey, an imprint of Ebury Publishing, is reissuing two "classic works of feminist speculative fiction" by American literary novelist Marge Piercy.

Ebury will publish Woman on the Edge of Time and He, She and It, priced £8.99, in August and December 2016 respectively.

He She and It was first published as Body of Glass in the UK by Penguin Books and won the Arthur C. Clarke award in 1993.

The year 2016 marks the 40th anniversary of the first publication of Woman on the Edge of Time, first published in 1976 by US publisher Alfred A. Knopf. The new edition will include a new essay from Piercy who turns 80 this year.

Both works will be published in original b-format paperback on Ebury's Del Rey list, with e-books for both titles being made available in the UK for the first time. 

Ebury fiction publishing director Gillian Green bought rights from Charlotte Seymour of Andrew Nurnberg Associates on behalf of the Wallace Literary Agency. 

Green said: "I first read Woman on the Edge of Time over 20 years ago and re-reading it I was struck by how much of what the novel has to say about gender, class, race, poverty and society is relevant today. Marge Piercy is an author who is often compared to Margaret Atwood and she deserves to be much better known than she is in the UK. I’m delighted that we’re able to bring these two iconic novels back into print on Del Rey."

Detroit-born Piercy, educated at the University of Michigan, is the author of 17 novels, 17 volumes of poetry and a critically-acclaimed memoir called Sleeping with Cats (Piatkus). She has been described as "a key player" in the anti-Vietnam war and the women's movement, and "an active participant" in the resistance to the war in Iraq.