Going Too Far

The Personal Chronicle of a Feminist

Ms. Magazine proclaimed it “The major new book of feminist theory” when this first collection of essays came out in 1977.

Robin Morgan - Books - Nonfiction - Going Too Far (1978)

Random House and Vintage Paperbacks, 1977

“This will become a central book in the literature of the Women’s Movement because Morgan has explored so many facets of feminism and because she writes so very well.” —ST. LOUIS POST DISPATCH

“Morgan has had the courage to make an example of herself in the conviction that others will recognize themselves in her. It works.” —CHICAGO TRIBUNE BOOK WORLD

“A fascinating document of both personal and social history. Morgan is an admirable figure who has never ceased her personal struggle for intellectual truth.” —THE WASHINGTON POST

“Why wait 50 years to celebrate Morgan as our movement’s Most Valuable Player? Political visionary, poetic conspirator, flamboyant guerrilla, canny old warrior—she has reflected and shaped the course of modern history through her passionate writings. This collection is her private odyssey and our public record. Treasure it.” —SUSAN BROWNMILLER

Against the external drama of two decades, Morgan here traces, exorcises, and celebrates her political-personal evolution—as daughter, poet, wife, mother, New Left militant, radical feminist activist, “madwoman,” and visionary theorist. The autobiographical voice—letters, journal entries—is in dialogue with her public writings on abortion, rape, religion, pornography, motherhood, violence, and sexuality. Her impassioned concern for language pervades the book, especially in a poignant yet hilarious one-act play on art and feminism.

The book culminates with Morgan’s creation of the concept “metaphysical feminism”—a philosophical idea that she would expand on later on in both The Anatomy Of Freedom and The Word Of A Woman.