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This amazingly rich lode of memoirs, letters, and diaries jumbles together a great roster of 20th-century women, including Virginia Woolf, Simone de Beauvoir, Bernadette Devlin, Emily Mashinini, Sara Suleri, and Santha Rama Rau.

Le Ly Hayslip, the sixth child in a Vietnamese peasant family, describes a life pinched between the violence of Viet Cong revolutionaries and South Vietnamese republicans. Poet and lesbian feminist Audre Lorde writes about being introduced to the wonders of reading as a stubborn, bright, legally blind youngster. "I lay spreadeagled on the floor of the Children's Room like a furious brown toad, screaming bloody murder and embarrassing my mother to death," she recalls. Jill Ker Conway tells of her father's depression and death when a drought crushed their sheep farm in the Australian outback.

The excerpts drop us smack into the middle of each life; inventive cross-referencing encourages the reader to fly back and forth, sampling other writings on "filial exasperation," for example, or child's-eye views of romance and war. --Francesca Coltrera

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This is a book to be marooned with on a desert island. . . . A nourishing anthology . . . that covers an exhilarating range of experience. ” (Elle)
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 832 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 7th edition edition (April 17, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393312909
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393312904
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 0.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,160 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I love anthologies because they are so rich and various. This one, edited by a woman with a clear, strong ear for women's voices, has plenty to offer: 61 substantial selections from the twentieth-century literature of women's autobiographies, journals, and memoirs.

"I didn't want to do my duty," Phyllis Rose says of herself growing up. (She wanted to be a cowgirl.) "Nor did I want models...of noble self-sacrifice and altruism. I wanted wild women, women who broke loose, women who lived life to the full, whatever that meant. What did it mean to live life to the full? How fully could a woman live?" In this collection, we hear a chorus of "wild women" who show us in many ways how fully we might live. What stories these are, what fascinating lives, lived on the edge of pain, perception, and truth. These are lives that liberate and enlarge the rest of us. Read them, retell them, and use them as models for telling your own story.

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Needed for school, got it in perfect timing for a great price. I STILL read this even though I'm done with Women's Literature Class.
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An excellent selection of pieces of autobiographies, which give you a chance to visit many different kinds of important moments and life experiences, in many different societies.
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This book has many excerpts from women's memoirs, an important look into how women lived, loved, and worked toward making their lives rich with purpose.
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I was surprised to find the book in hard copy and old with yellowed pages. It also slipped into a sleeve. It's OK but surprising.
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