Microcosm, The

The Microcosm

Microcosm, The

The main characters are all women and The Microcosm deals with their relationships, as they grow and as they disintegrate. The pressures of society force them to live in an enclosed world. Steve, the schooly under the strain of her marriage; Sadie’s factory environment brings its own financial and social problems; and Matt is unable to solve his difficulties with Rae until he breaks out of the microcosm.

The Microcosm is at first presented in all its complexity, then certain elements are in their turn illuminated, until a possible solution emerges for one of the characters. Not everyone will be able to accept the conclusions of this most subtle and original book. But they will be hard put to deny its forceful characterisation, its brilliantly accurate dialogue and its haunting evocation of a world within the world.

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30 Nov 2013
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About the author

  • Maureen Duffy

    Maureen Duffy

    Maureen Duffy (b. 1933 in Worthing, Sussex) is a notable contemporary British poet, playwright and novelist. After a tough childhood, Duffy took her degree in English from King’s College London. She went on to be a schoolteacher from 1956 to 1961, and edited three editions of a poetry magazine called the sixties. She then turned to writing full-time as a poet and playwright after being commissioned to produce a screenplay by Granada Television. Her first novel, written at the suggestion of a publisher, That's How It Was (1962), was published to great acclaim. Her first openly lesbian novel was The Microcosm (1966), set in the famous lesbian Gateways club in London.

    Titles by Maureen Duffy

    The Erotic World of Faery
    The Microcosm
    The Passionate Shepherdess
    That's How It Was Maureen Duffy