The Power of Beauty

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HarperCollinsPublishers, 1996 - Biography & Autobiography - 589 pages
The Power of Beauty traces the importance of looks in our lives from our first hours in the nursery through childhood, adolescence, and the years as adults and parents to old age. It examines developmentally the author's own experiences, the stages of life itself, the feminist revolution that for the past thirty years has rocked relationships between men and women, and contemporary culture from high art to pop. In addition, it draws on a decade of research Friday has conducted on the psychology of physical appearance, including focus groups, symposia, and a national survey conducted with DYG Inc.

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About the author (1996)

Nancy Friday was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on August 27, 1937. She graduated from Wellesley College in 1955 and moved to Puerto Rico, where she worked as a travel reporter and editor. She moved to New York in the 1960s and worked in public relations. She made a career of writing about women's issues. Her first book, My Secret Garden: Women's Sexual Fantasies, was published in 1973. Her other books included Forbidden Flowers: More Women's Sexual Fantasies, My Mother/My Self: The Daughter's Search for Identity, Jealousy, The Power of Beauty, Women on Top: How Real Life Has Changed Women's Sexual Fantasies, and Men in Love: Men's Sexual Fantasies: The Triumph of Love Over Rage. She also wrote a work of fiction entitled Lulu: A Novella. She died from complications of Alzheimer's disease on November 5, 2017 at the age of 84.