Now a classic in the field, The Horrors of the Half-Known Life is an important foundational text in the construction of masculinity, female identity, and the history of midwivery.
G. J. Barker-Benfield is Professor of History and Women's Studies at SUNY-Albany. He is the coeditor with Catherine Clinton of Portraits of American Women and author of The Culture of Sensibility in Eighteenth-Century Britain: Sex and Society in Eighteenth-Century Britain.
"A 'classic'-a wonderful work." -- Michael Kimmel, author of Manhood of America
"A truly pioneering study . . . that is likely to gain an entirely new readership." -- Bram Dijkstra, author of Evil Sisters: The Threat of Female Sexuality and the Cult of Manhood
"It tells a very important part of women's history-shocking and dreadful . . . when it was first published, it was ahead of its time." -- Robbie Davis-Floyd, coeditor of Cyborg Babies