Death of Marilyn French

November 21, 1929 - May 2, 2009
New York, New York | Age 79

Author of "The Women's Room" and leading figure in the women's movement dies at 79
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NEW YORK - Marilyn French, the writer and feminist whose novel "The Women's Room" sold more than 20 million copies and transformed her into a leading figure in the women's movement, has died at 79.

French died of heart failure Saturday at a Manhattan hospital, said Carol Jenkins, a friend and president of New York's Women's Media Center.

She was an academic in 1977 when "The Women's Room," her first novel, was published. Her aim, she said, was "to change the entire social and...

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