This is a review of the Kindle version of this book. The text itself looks excellent. It is the Kindle version that is seriously defective.
The prose sections of the book are well-formatted and quite readable. Unfortunately, the free sample only contained prose -- not the poetry itself. So I was shocked to discover that the poetry, which is the core of the book, is so badly formatted as to be unreadable.
What's wrong with it? The font size keeps changing. There seems to be some internal coding that states "this block shall be kept together, and the text resized to ensure it is not broken." The result is that long blocks of verse are rendered in tiny, nearly-illegible print, while shorter blocks vary in size from stanza to stanza, selecting a font that will use the full screen width for each block. Changing the font size on the Kindle had no effect on this; the internal logic of the code overrides it.
I am appalled that Amazon.com did not exert more control over the quality of its Kindle text products. The problems with this text could be seen immediately, without careful proofreading. I can only assume that, for now, Kindles and poetry do not mix. It's a shame, since I love the device for reading prose. But I would like to read poetry on it too. I hope that a later version of the text-coding algorithm will address text that needs to be precisely formatted on the page.
There were many blank pages. Book was purchased for a class and some assignments could not be done because there were many pages blank. This book should never have been sold; it was not complete. I counted 22 pages throughout the book that were blank.
The women in this American Women Poets of the nineteenth Century is aGreat Classic Book to have. These women had spirit and used their minds for more, than just having babies in that time period, and I thank God that these women had the courage to write from their lives at that time. Just a great little book to give to all women, and anyone who needs encouragement. of faith,. M Coleman