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Give Sorrow Words FAQ page

  • Who is Maryse Holder?

    Maryse Holder was born in Paris in September of 1940. Her mother, a member of the French Resistance, died in a concentration camp after being sent to Nazi Germany by the Vichy government. She came to America with her father when she was seven years old as a stateless person. Holder was a graduate student at Cornell University, where she studied under Paul de Man, and a Ph.D candidate in Comparative Literature at City University of New York. After being dismissed as a professor at City University in a mass firing, due to New York city fiscal problems, Holder decided to pursue a life of sexual adventure in Mexico.


  • How did Give Sorrow Words come to be published?

    Holder wrote a series of letters describing her experiences in Mexico to Edith Jones, her best friend and mentor, from which she hoped to "wring a masterpiece from my life.” In 1977, while in Mexico, Holder was brutally murdered. After Holder's death, Jones edited Holder’s letters, which became the basis for the book Give Sorrow Words: Maryse Holder's Letters from Mexico. In addition to the letters, the published book has an introduction by feminist author Kate Millett, and concludes with an epilogue describing Holder's life and death by Selma Yampolsky, a close friend of Holder's.


  • When was Give Sorrow Words first published?

    Give Sorrow Words was first published in a hardbound edition in 1979 by Grove Press. A paperback edition was published in 1980 by Avon Books. A German hardbound edition was published under the title "Ich Atme Mit Dem Herzen" in 1981 by Büchergilde Gutenberg. The Soho Weekly News ran excerpts from the book ran as a three-part series in March/April 1979.


  • What is Give Sorrow Words: Maryse Holder’s Letters From Mexico?

    Give Sorrow Words: Maryse Holder's Letters from Mexico is a chronicle of feminism and sexual adventurism in Mexico.

  • Why is Give Sorrow Words being republished now?

    Thirty four years after its original publication, rights to work were terminated by the original publisher, leaving Edith Jones Rubin sole proprietor of the book. Jones decided to make Give Sorrow Words available to the public again, hoping for less censorship and a wider audience.  An example of censorship would be Ms magazine, which could have made it a best seller, but did not even have it on its short list to be reviewed. This was because of its anti-sex policy at the time.  Jackie Burroughs, who produced and starred in the movie, "A Winter Tan, based on Give Sorrow Words: Maryse Holder's Letters from Mexico, read from the book across Canada, testing the  censorship laws of that country. Rubin Jones established Holder & Jones Publishers in order to give this book a second chance to find the audience it so richly deserves


  • Is the new edition of Give Sorrow Words different from the earlier editions?

    Yes, the 2013 edition contains “Note: September 2013”, a new introduction by Edith Jones Rubin.


  • Where can I get a copy of Give Sorrow Words?

    Give Sorrow Words is available in paperback, ebook, and audiobook format from Amazon. The audiobook is read by Edith Rubin Jones.


  • Who is Edith Jones Rubin?

    Rubin Jones attended the London School of Economics (LSE), where she met her first husband, Anthony David Jones, a graduate of Oxford, who was studying anthropological techniques at LSE for his forthcoming job in Zambia (then Northern Rhodesia). Rubin Jones llved in Zambia for three years: two in Lusaka, the capital, where she worked at a social science research institute working on IQ tests, and one in the bush-- anyplace that was not a town. They separated shortly after returning to England, and Rubin Jones moved to New York City, where she has resided for the last 50 years.

    Rubin Jones met Maryse Holder in a publishing house, where she was a copy editor and Holder was a temporary employee, collecting quotes for a book of quotes--Rubin Jones was about 30 at the time and Holder was a little less than five years younger.

    Rubin Jones met her second husband, Daniel Isaac Rubin, about four years after she met Holder, and was with him for the next 43 years until he died on September 11, 2013. Rubin Jones wishes to dedicate the book, Give Sorrow Words, to her husband and life partner. The 40-year quest to get the audience for it that the book so richly deserves could not, and would not, have happened without her husband, who raised her consciousness and introduced her to the concepts and practices of the "man's world."


  • Is Edith Jones Rubin available for interviews?

    Yes. Edith Jones Rubin lives in New York City. Please use the Contact form for inquiries about interviews.