The vintage book of American women writers

Elaine Showalter

Book - 2011

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Published
New York : Vintage Books 2011.
Edition
1st Vintage Books ed
Language
English
Physical Description
xix, 822 p. ; 24 cm
ISBN
9781400034451
1400034450
Other Authors
Elaine Showalter (-)
  • Anne Bradstreet
  • Mary Rowlandson
  • Judith Sargent Murray
  • Phillis Wheatley
  • Susanna Haswell Rowson
  • Catherine Maria Sedgwick
  • Lydia Huntley Sigourney
  • Caroline Kirkland
  • Lydia Maria Child
  • Margaret Fuller
  • Frances Sargent Locke Osgood
  • Frances Miriam Berry Whitcher
  • Fanny Fern
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • Elizabeth Stuart Phelps
  • Louise Amelia Knapp Smith Clappe
  • Julia Ward Howe
  • Alice Cary
  • Elizabeth Drew Stoddard
  • Phoebe Cary
  • Lucy Larcom
  • Frances E. W. Harper
  • Rose Terry Cooke
  • Emily Dickinson
  • Helen Hunt Jackson
  • Rebecca Harding Davis
  • Louisa May Alcott
  • Harriet Prescott Spofford
  • Sarah Piatt
  • Constance Fenimore Woolson
  • Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward
  • Emma Lazarus
  • Sarah Orne Jewett
  • Mary Noailles Murfree (Charles Egbert Craddock)
  • Kate Chopin
  • Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • Grace King
  • Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • Edith Wharton
  • Sui Sin Far (Edith Maude Eaton)
  • Mary Austin
  • Willa Cather
  • Amy Lowell
  • Gertrude Stein
  • Alice Moore Dunbar-Nelson
  • Zitkala-Ša
  • Susan Glaspell
  • Dorothy Canfield Fisher
  • Anne Spencer
  • Elinor Wylie
  • Anzia Yerzierska
  • Hilda Doolittle (H.D.)
  • Marianne Moore
  • Katherine Anne Porter
  • Zora Neale Hurston
  • Edna St. Vincent Millay
  • Maria Cristina Mena
  • Dorothy Parker
  • Genevieve Taggard
  • Louise Bogan
  • Meridel Le Sueur
  • Tess Slesinger
  • Ann Petry
  • Elizabeth Bishop
  • Jean Stafford
  • James Tiptree Jr. (Alice Bradley Shelton)
  • Shirley Jackson
  • Gwendolyn Brooks
  • Hisaye Yamamoto
  • Flannery O'Connor
  • Anne Sexton
  • Cynthia Ozick
  • Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Adrienne Rich
  • Sylvia Plath
  • Annie Proulx
  • Joyce Carol Oates
  • Maxine Hong Kingston
  • Amy Tan
  • Jhumpa Lahiri.
Review by Booklist Reviews

Showalter follows her invigorating literary history A Jury of Her Peers: Celebrating American Women Writers from Anne Bradstreet to Annie Proulx (2009) with an equally substantial and exciting anthology encompassing 350 years and 79 writers of diverse backgrounds, locations, and literary styles, each introduced with brief, vivid biographical sketches. As Showalter observes, women's writing has been "closely allied" with the quest for not only women's rights but also universal human rights and justice, as well as literary exploration and excellence. Showalter's chronological survey of "the literary mothers of us all" takes measure of the great reach and splendid variety of women's writing and how it has illuminated America's continuing transformation and shaped American literature. Naturally, such pillars as Emily Dickinson, Louisa May Alcott, Edith Wharton, Zora Neale Hurston, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and Flannery O'Connor are present. But here, too, are versatile Lydia Maria Child, early African American writer Frances E. W. Harper, short story writer Constance Fenimore Woolson, courageous Kate Chopin, blacklisted Meridel Le Sueur, and on to Joyce Carol Oates, Cynthia Ozick, Amy Tan, and Jhumpa Lahiri. Copyright 2011 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

An anthology of poetry and fiction by American women canvasses three hundred fifty years of writing to include the works of Puritan-era through contemporary authors.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

An anthology of poetry and fiction by American women canvasses 350 years of writing to include the works of Puritan-era through contemporary authors. Edited by the author of A Jury of Her Peers. Original.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

For centuries women have been marginalized and overlooked in American literary history. That injustice is corrected in this entertaining and provocative collection of 350 years of poetry and fiction by American women. From Puritan poet Anne Bradstreet to Margaret Fuller to Harriet Beecher Stowe, readers will encounter scores of lesser-known and forgotten writers who fully deserve to be rediscovered and enjoyed by new generations. Our famous women writers, including contemporary stars like Annie Proux and Jhumpa Lahiri, are showcased in their full literary context, offering an epic overview of the canon in one monumental, dazzling volume.This landmark anthology features the best work of our best American women, and was inspired and informed by the author's groundbreaking history celebrating women writers, A Jury of Her Peers.