Conjure Wife [Fritz Leiber] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Professor Norman Saylor considered magic nothing more than superstition. Editorial Reviews. About the Author. Fritz Leiber is considered one of science fiction’s legends. Author of a prodigious number of stories and novels, many of. Conjure Wife [Fritz Leiber, Victor Bevine] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Professor Norman Saylor considered magic nothing more than.

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Scheming, jealous shrews who think only in terms of their own conceit the resulting image, adding the supernatural only darkens lines and casts longer shadows. Penned in fine prose and plotted to a perfect T, the novel is a horror of both the literary and gendered variety.

Raymond Saylor is an ambitious sociology professor working at prestigious Hempnell University. Life in an easy groove, his academic papers are accepted to positive criticism, his domestic life is at ease, his peers and students respect him, and he is in a leading position for the faculty chair that will soon be wie. Tufts of feather tucked away here, magic charms hidden there, vials of graveyard dirt pushed to the backs of drawers, shiny buttons attached to clothes—all around their home she unearths the evidence as Saylor confronts her.


But a phone call jerks him from his reflection. But the infuriated young man is only the beginning.

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Conjure Wife pays no direct disrespect to women, but it does utilize the social mores and gender views of midth century America to their fullest. Middle class women occupying Betty Crocker domestic roles in support of frittz families and spouses, Leiber never breaks the mold to make any statements about the position of women in society.

As such, Tansy and the other wives quibble and fight with magic, bicker and whinge like old hens, and ultimately are only intent on maneuvering their husbands into better positions at the university. Conniving, pernicious, and homebound, it is not a flattering portrayal, to say the least.

That being said, Leiber never intended to break any molds or make any new ones with Conjure Wife.

Storytelling and commercial success not politics the intent of the novel, it possesses little to no sub-text. The portrayal of women, as jaded as it is, is simply a plot device, a way to motivate the Gothic side of the horror. Of frotz once can always call Leiber out for wasting opportunities, but I think the lack of thematic ambition is enough to at least take the portrayal of women with a grain of salt.


The gods know there are enough men portrayed as greedy, power hungry assholes in fiction without complaint…. In the end, Conjure Wife is an exquisitely crafted novel of suspense and dark fantasy.

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As pure story, however, it is wonderfully penned and plotted, and as a result truly able to set something creeping along the spine. Naturally, it has been speculative fiction at the helm. In particular, they have sought to overturn the evil classically associated with the elderly spinster or spiteful housewife. Posted by Jesse at 9: Newer Post Older Post Leibwr.