"Baym's book is indispensable for the American literature scholar because it redefines notions of what literature of the American West is: it is more than work created by authors from the geographic area west of the Mississippi River; it is more than work created about that geographic region; it is more than an Anglo experience; and it is certainly more than a male experience."--Resources for American Literary Study
"Baym has recovered a plethora of well-known and less-known women writers by scouring footnotes, catalogues, cultural histories, and bibliographies to assess women's contribution to America's western scene, debunking a myth that women wrote less about the West than other places. Women Writers of the American West is a must have for scholars and nonscholars alike."--American Literary Realism
"An important scholar of women's writing and longtime editor of the Norton Anthology of American Literature, Baym seems to know just about everything as she lays out the précis of the many volumes, calmly and with little overt politicizing addressing the many controversies, issues, debates that have occupied western and American studies for the past forty years."--Western American Literature
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.