Norton Anthology of Literature by Women (Boxed set, Volumes 1 and 2)

Long the standard teaching anthology, the landmark Norton Anthology of Literature by Women has introduced generations of readers to the rich variety of women’s writing in English.

Now, the much-anticipated Third Edition responds to the wealth of writing by women across the globe with the inclusion of 61 new authors (219 in all) whose diverse works span six centuries. A more flexible two-volume format and a versatile new companion reader make the Third Edition an even better teaching tool.

“As diversity itself has shaped the evolution of feminist criticism, from its early preoccupation with women’s shared experiences to its more recent absorption in the complex issues and assumptions informing English-language texts by women writers of diverse geographical, cultural, racial, sexual, religious, and class origins and influences, so diversity has shaped the revisions of this anthology.” —From the Preface

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  1. This is educational and interesting. This book was required for my college course. Even so, it is surprisingly worth reading for those interested in women authors and their works. It has a sampling of most eras, including modern. It also includes a mini-bio of each author. It includes excerpts from novels, short stories, essays, speeches, and poems.

  2. A Classic Anthology This is the best anthology of Women’s Literature ever. If you have no other book of Women’s Literature this is the one to have.

  3. Some Omissions Includes works by canonical British and American female writers and poets. Relatively few African, Middle-eastern, or Asian female writers. Recommend you look elsewhere if you are studying women writers from one of the above regions.

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