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Germaine Greer was born in Melbourne, Victoria in Australia on January 29, 1939. She spent her formative years in an all-girl Catholic Academy. Before her first book, THE FEMALE EUNUCH, was published, she acted on television, wrote for journals, and lectured at the University of Warwick. With the publication of THE FEMALE EUNUCH, she became a highly influential figure in the sexual liberationist and feminist movements. The book relates women's sexual passivity of the day with that of a castrate, essentially sexless. During the seventies, Greer remained in the public eye, encouraging women to seek out their own sexuality. She has continued to publish, stirring up controversy with each new piece of work. Now in her sixties, Greer has published another book, THE WHOLE WOMAN, in which she discusses her views of such topics as motherhood, female circumcision, and pap smears.

Greer currently lives in a farmhouse in Essex, England and serves as a professor in English literature at the University of Warwick. On Easter weekend 2000, a 19-year-old student at the University of Bath named Karen Burke tied Greer up in her home and proceeded to smash her belongings with a fire poker. Greer's colleagues eventually came looking for her as they had been expecting her for dinner. The student had apparently been stalking Greer for some time after reading her books.

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1939 She was born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. (January 29)

1960 She moved to Sydney, Australia.

1964 She moved to Great Britain.

1967 She received her doctorate in literature from the University of Cambridge.

1968 She married Paul de Feu, a union which lasted three weeks.

1970 THE FEMALE EUNUCH was published.

1979 THE OBSTACLE RACE: THE FORTUNES OF WOMEN PAINTERS AND THEIR WORK was published.; She began teaching at the University of Oklahoma in Tulsa where she founded a center for the study of women's literature.

1984 SEX AND DESTINY: THE POLITICS OF HUMAN FERTILITY was published.

1991 THE CHANGE: WOMEN, AGEING AND THE MENOPAUSE was published.

1999 THE WHOLE WOMAN was published.