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The Oxford Book of Women's Writing in the United States

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ISBN-13: 978-0195132458
ISBN-10: 0195132459
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From Publishers Weekly

Wagner-Martin (Telling Women's Lives) and Davidson (Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji) offer a generous survey of American women's voices that is as remarkable for its quality as it is for its breadth. Asserting that much writing by women has been neglected because "it did not fit into existing literary categories," they have organized their selections?written by almost 100 writers from the colonial era to the present?into six spacious categories: short fiction (from Sarah Orne Jewett to Helena Maria Viramontes); poetry (Anne Bradstreet to Carolyn Forche); public lives (Revolutionary War-era feminist Judith Sargent Murray to Anna Quindlen); acting out (a speech by Sojourner Truth, an excerpt from Anna Deveare Smith's performance piece Fires in the Mirror); private lives (personal letters of Abigail Adams, Emma Goldman and Mary McCarthy); and bodily pleasures (Alice B. Toklas's Haschich Fudge recipe; surprisingly, Emily Dickinson's poetry is included in the category of "Erotica."). The forms include short stories, novellas and poems as well as more informal chants, meditations and monologues. The entries also are cross-referenced by topic: childhood, identity, love relationships, etc. Read front to back, the book dwells at first on women's power struggles with loutish, insensitive men, but it segues effectively into explorations of sexuality, ethnic and political issues and internal conflicts. Some of the pieces, such as Abigail Adams's letter to John ("I desire you would Remember the Ladies") highlight what women have been able (and unable) to say with language at various points in American history; others, like Cynthia Ozick's "The Shawl," testify to what women can do with language. As textbook, reference work or cover-to-cover recreational reading, this collection is an outstanding editorial achievement.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

Just in time for the anniversary: a masterly and comprehensive anthology giving context to the long battle for the vote-and women's continuing struggle in the years since. Included here are short fiction, poems, essays, and speeches written in English over the last four centuries by 99 women of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (October 7, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195132459
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195132458
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 1.2 x 5.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,128,152 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on March 29, 2000
Format: Paperback
The Oxford is a wonderful book. It can be used as a definitive text or as a recreational read. The stories are classic--my faves are "The Yellow Wall-paper" & "Extenuating Circumstances." Many of the authors included are published elsewhere so this book in turn leads the reader to other excellent books. It is broad in its scope of genre: there are essays, short stories, poems & erotica, + more...Highly recommended!
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