The Question Mark

TitleThe Question Mark
Year for Search1926
AuthorsJaeger, M[uriel](1894-1969)
Tertiary AuthorsJaeger, M.
Pagination252 pp.
Date Published1926
PublisherLeonard and Virginia Woolf at the Hogarth Press
Place PublishedLondon
ISBN Number9780712352987
KeywordsEnglish author, Female author
Annotation

The author notes that however attractive she finds the utopias of her day, the people in them do not seem real. Ursula K. Le Guin made a similar point in her “Science Fiction and Mrs. Brown” (1976), The author depicts a deeply flawed utopia in which everyone is well off, but there is a divide between intellectuals, who tend to be overly rational and non-intellectuals (known as normals), who are driven by emotion. The novel stresses how they have grown more and more apart, with marriage mostly within the group, but with the family depicted in the novel a dysfunctional mixed marriage. Religion is a popular hobby for the normals. Much boredom that leads to hero worship and temporary enthusiasms among the normals. Euthanasia is common. Eugenic themes.

Additional Publishers

US ed. New York: Macmillan, 1926249 pp. Rpt. London: British Library, [2019], with an “Introduction” by Dr. Mo Moulton (7-15). 205 pp.

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Author Note

(1894-1969)

Full Text

1926 Jaeger, M[uriel] (1894-1969). The Question Mark. London: Leonard and Virginia Woolf at the Hogarth Press. 252 pp. U. S. ed. New York: Macmillan, 1926. 249 pp. Rpt. London: British Library, [2019], with an “Introduction” by Dr. Mo Moulton (7-15). 205 pp.  L, MoU-St, PSt

The author notes that however attractive she finds the utopias of her day, the people in them do not seem real. Ursula K. Le Guin made a similar point in her “Science Fiction and Mrs. Brown” (1976), The author depicts a deeply flawed utopia in which everyone is well off, but there is a divide between intellectuals, who tend to be overly rational and non-intellectuals (known as normals), who are driven by emotion. The novel stresses how they have grown more and more apart, with marriage mostly within the group, but with the family depicted in the novel a dysfunctional mixed marriage. Religion is a popular hobby for the normals. Much boredom that leads to hero worship and temporary enthusiasms among the normals. Euthanasia is common. Eugenic themes. Female author.