The Oxford Book of Womens Writing in the United States

Paperback | September 15, 1999

EditorLinda Wagner-Martin, Cathy N. Davidson

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Provocative and compulsively readable, lively, engaging, and brilliantly representative, The Oxford Book of Women's Writing in the United States presents short stories, poems, essays, plays, speeches, performance pieces, erotica, diaries, correspondence, and even a few recipes from nearly onehundred of our best women writers. Reveling in the awareness that the best U.S. women's writing is, quite simply, some of the best in the world, editors Linda Wagner-Martin and Cathy N. Davidson have chosen selections spanning four centuries and reflecting the rich variety of American women's lives. The collection embraces theperspectives of age and youth, the traditional and the revolutionary, the public and the private. Here is Judith Sargent Murray's 1790 essay "On the Equality of the Sexes," journalist Martha Gellhorn's "Last Words on Vietnam, 1987," and Mary Gordon's homage to the ghosts of Ellis Island, "More ThanJust a Shrine"; powerful short stories by Zora Neale Hurston, Edith Wharton, Cynthia Ozick, and Toni Morrison; letters from Abigail Adams, Sarah Moore Grimke[accent], Emma Goldman, and Georgia O'Keeffe; Alice B. Toklas's recipe "Bass for Picasso," and erotic offerings from Anais Nin and Rita MaeBrown. The moving autobiography of Zitkala- Sa[accent], whose mother was a Sioux, tells us more about "otherness" than any sociological treatise, while Janice Mirikitani's and Nellie Wong's poems about being young Asian-American women, like Alice Walker's meditation on the beauty of growing old,speak to all readers. A thought-provoking introduction and descriptive headnotes explore the history of women's writing in ways that help the reader to understand the American women who have used language to change their worlds and to remember the past, and as a means of etching their deepest, fondest dreams. A joy toread, The Oxford Book of Women's Writing in the United States is filled with eye-opening and unexpected selections. It is the perfect book for anyone fascinated by women's writing and women's lives.

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Traditional and contemporary, young and old, black and white, lesbian and straight Traditional and contemporary, young and old, lesbian and straight ... these are just some of the characteristics of female authors who have contributed to this one-of-a-kind collection. The Oxford Book of Women’s Writing in the United States features poe...

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Provocative and compulsively readable, lively, engaging, and brilliantly representative, The Oxford Book of Women's Writing in the United States presents short stories, poems, essays, plays, speeches, performance pieces, erotica, diaries, correspondence, and even a few recipes from nearly onehundred of our best women writers. Reveling ...

Linda Wagner-Martin and Cathy N. Davidson are the Editors in Chief of The Oxford Companion to Women's Writing in the United States. Wagner-Martin is Hanes Professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Davidson is Ruth F. DeVarney Professor of English and Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies at Duke Uni...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:608 pages, 5.31 × 7.91 × 1.18 inPublished:September 15, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195132459

ISBN - 13:9780195132458

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Traditional and contemporary, young and old, black and white, lesbian and straight Traditional and contemporary, young and old, lesbian and straight ... these are just some of the characteristics of female authors who have contributed to this one-of-a-kind collection. The Oxford Book of Women’s Writing in the United States features poems, plays, short stories, erotic fiction and essays by such notable American writers as Zora Neale Hurston, Edith Wharton, Anaïs Nin and Toni Morrison. Editors Linda Wagner-Martin and Cathy N. Davidson ensure that there is literally something special for every reader in this stunning anthology.

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"Offers a sumptuous selection of short fiction and poetry....Its invitation to share the passion of women's voices characterizes the entire volume."--USA Today