PUBLISHER TO RELEASE NEW BOOK ON MARY MACLANE – ‘Wild Woman of Butte’
May I never, I say, become that abnormal, merciless animal, that deformed monstrosity – a virtuous woman.” – From “The Story of Mary MacLane”
She made love to many men. Women, too. She wanted to marry the devil. And she wasn’t ashamed to tell the whole world about it.
Good girls don’t, but Mary MacLane did.
This Butte native wasn’t your typical Victorian-era wallflower fated to a life of dreary tea parties and quiet servitude. Instead, she was outspoken, scurrilous and controversial. A precursor to the Jazz age, she flaunted her independence, sexuality and uninhibited mind like a sparkling new flapper dress.
Publisher Michael R. Brown happened to stumble upon this incorrigible woman’s writing about 25 years ago and was, literally, shocked.
“It was like putting my finger in a light socket,” Brown told The Montana Standard recently in a telephone interview from San Francisco. “I was blown away by her writing.”