This early work by Charlotte Perkins Gilman was originally published in 1911. Born in Hartford, Connecticut, USA in 1860, Gilman was the great niece of Henry Ward Beecher and Sister to Harriet Beecher Stowe. She went on to become a sociologist and writer of both fiction and non-fiction, with her most notable work being her semi-autobiographical short story , The Yellow Wallpaper. The Crux is a fascinating work and is thoroughly recommended for anyone with an interest in feminist literature. Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions.