Female (novel)

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Author Donald Henderson Clarke
Country United States
Language English
Publisher Vanguard Press
Publication date
Media type Hardcover, paperback
Pages 310

Female is a 1933 novel by Donald Henderson Clarke.[1] It was translated into Czech as Samička : Román ženy (1934).[2]

The novel was used as the basis of the feature film Female, produced the same year by Warner Bros. and directed by Michael Curtiz.[3][4]


The story is about determined, emotionally hardened, Margy Kane's (daughter of a fencer and a parlor maid), rise from the back alleys of New England to her married life in Park Avenue.


The book was declared obscene by the Brooklyn Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court in 1935.[5]


  1. ^ Clarke, Donald Henderson. Female. New York: Vanguard Press, 1933. OCLC 11048097 WorldCat
  2. ^ Clarke, Donald Henderson. Translated by Fr. Heller. Samička: Román ženy. V Praze: Karel Voleský, 1934.WorldCat
  3. ^ Female at the Internet Movie Database
  4. ^ Turner Classic Movies Notes for Female
  5. ^ "Clarke Book Held Obscene On Appeal; Appellate Division Affirms the Conviction of Dealer for Selling Novel 'Female.'" New York Times - Jun 23, 1934.