Golden Pomegranates of Eden.
“It is the woman’s divine right to be something more than cook or charwoman in the household”...”
Unrecorded and sole(?) edition of the feminist musings and declarations by this little-known author, with highly-spiritual and unusual beliefs.
Elizabeth Marney Conner (pseud. Paul Veronique) imagines the ushering in of a “new and God-like race, distinguished in art, literature, and all material achievement.”—and, as well, a new world for women:
“It is woman’s privilege to demand this more satisfactory life, and man will gladly respond when she sounds the note o advance in this direction [...] The evolution of woman from being the slave of man to the accomplishing of his highest complement, is a long and interesting study [...] The feminine portion of humanity is awaking to the realization that there is something to be done which has not generally been attempted before. It is the woman’s divine right to be something more than cook or charwoman in the household”
Conner states that man can never achieve the highest of goals until “woman forges ahead and blazes the pathway ... Where she leads he is sure to follow, and if she blindly remains in the slime and mud at the foot of the lofty mountain [...] who can not blame him for being so constituted that he will not leaver her alone in darkness and despair…”
After further urging women to seek equality and to expand their vistas and imagine a future new world, Conner trends towards the theme of “Solar Biology.” Here, her readers are advised to “Study yourself and your fellow creatures Biologically, Psychologically and Socialogically….” Conner further suggest the publications and titles of other like-minded influencers, including Holyoke, Massachusetts author Elizabeth Towne’s How to awake the Solar Plexus.
Conner founded the Buffalo School of Education and Literature, toured and gave public lectures, and was a founding officer of the optimistically-oriented female-founded International Progressive Thought League.
With a half-tone bust portrait of the author from a photograph which is signed above by her. At present, this discovery appears to be her only published work.
Description: Golden Pomegranates of Eden.
Buffalo: The West Side Press Co., . ll., printed recto-side only. 6¼ x 4½ inches. Wrappers with embossed floral pattern to front. “Subscriber’s Edition”, hand-numbered LXIV. Discrete early repair to penultimate leaf; near fine.