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The Cambridge Companion to Nineteenth-Century American Women's Writing (Cambridge Companions to Literature) Paperback – December 17, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0521669757 ISBN-10: 0521669758 Edition: 1st Paperback Edition

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  • Series: Cambridge Companions to Literature
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1st Paperback Edition edition (December 17, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521669758
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521669757
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,459,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Commissioned for students of literature, this collection provides an excellent overview of 19h century women's writing.... Including both general and specific indexes, it is an indispensable resource for students of American literature and history at all levels, from general readers and lower-division undergraduates to researchers and faculty." Choice

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The Cambridge Companion to Nineteenth-Century Women's Writing is a specially commissioned collection designed for use by students. Providing an overview of the history of writing by women in the period, it establishes the context in which this writing emerged, and traces the origin of the terms which have traditionally defined the debate. It examines the work a variety of women writers, including Harriet Beecher Stowe, Rebecca Harding Davis and Louisa May Alcott. The volume provides several valuable tools for students, including a chronology of works and suggestions for further reading.

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7 of 13 people found the following review helpful By S. E. Simmons on February 26, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I began reading this book with great anticipation, looking forward to a pleasant evening learning more about a sadly-neglected subject; women's writing in 19th century America.
About two thirds down the first page of the historical timeline, one eyebrow went up. Three seconds later the other eyebrow joined the first eyebrow. By page 20 I was ready to ask for my money back.
This book is riddled with so many errors of fact, grammar and spelling (a character in one of Mrs. E.D. E. N. Southworth's novels is described as "fighting duals")that I can't believe it made it past the fact-checker and the copy-editor. I have to ask myself the question: If the editors couldn't be bothered to catch these minor, silly mistakes, how can I have any confidence that the rest of the information they are imparting is accurate?
Messrs Bauer and Gould should be ashamed of themselves for allowing such a slipshod piece of work to make it into print.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Parlamento on September 19, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is a brilliant intervention in the study of American literature written by one of the smartest, women academics out there. Wonderful in its contextualization of 19th-century American women writers, this book is well-organized, comprehensive and lively. Please don't be daunted by fact-checker wannabes. This is great stuff, for both students and those who would like a women writers compendium on hand.
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