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Category: 050s

059: The Women’s Awakening in Egypt by Beth Baron


059.927082: Baron, Beth. The Women’s Awakening in Egypt: Culture, Society, and the Press. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1997. 194 pp. ISBN 0-300-07271-6.

Dewey Breakdown:

  • 000: Computer Science, Information, and General Works
  • 050: Magazine, serials, and journals
  • 059: General serial publications in Italic, Hellenic, or other languages
  • 9: Other languages
  • 92: Afro-Asiatic or Semitic langauges
  • 927: Arabic and Maltese
  • +082: Women


In the decades leading up to the 1919 Egyptian revolution, stirrings were taking place. Publications after publication were being churned out advocating for a voice from an often silent population: women. One after another, each one sought out a larger place in society for Egyptian women. Beth Baron’s The Women’s Awakening in Egypt shines a light on this unremembered and culturally rich movement. Her study shows that it was not just the men who were fighting for independence, and that the more things change, the more they stay the same.

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051: Good Days and MAD by Dick DeBartolo

051: DeBartolo, Dick. Good Days and MAD: A Hysterical Tour Behind the Scenes at MAD Magazine. New York: Thunder’s Mouth Press, 1994. 275 pp. ISBN 1-5602-5077-1.

Dewey Construction:

  • 000: Computer science, information, and general works
  • 050: Magazine, journals, and serial publications
  • 051: General serial publications in American English

In 1952, William Gaines decided to start a small mildly-amusing comic book to round out his group of publications. When that comic book decided to dodge the censorship code and become a magazine in 1955, MAD Magazine as we know it today was born. When Dick DeBartolo—often considered MAD’s Maddest Writer—sent in a script for a satirical commercial in 1961, Gaines sent back a response on cardboard telling him it had been accepted (and to send more!).  Thus began five decades of comic writing and shenanigans.

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