The Vintage Book of American Women Writers

   The Vintage Book of American Women Writers is the first of its kind: a dazzling, monumental showcase of 350 years of poetry and fiction by American women. 
   Inspired and informed by her groundbreaking history A Jury of Her Peers, Elaine Showalter’s landmark anthology features the best work of writers ranging from Puritan poet Anne Bradstreet to contemporary stars like Annie Proulx and Jhumpa Lahiri. 
   For centuries women have been marginalized and overlooked in American literary history and Showalter’s collection corrects this injustice, allowing us to see our famous women writers in their full literary context and to encounter scores of lesser-known and forgotten writers who fully deserve to be rediscovered and enjoyed by new generations of readers. Sure to fuel debate for years to come, The Vintage Book of American Women Writers offers an epic overview of the canon in one readable, entertaining, and provocative volume.

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3 Comments

  1. An amazing compilation This book was in our library’s recent release section, and as is often the case with academic-appearing anthologies, had few takers. That’s too bad, because this substantial collection of short stories and poetry is just about perfect. I read it over the course of two weeks and because the content is in chronological order, the reader gets a glimpse into the American woman’s changing life and times. What I found fascinating is that in spite of all the progress women have made, the underlying…

  2. Sturdy book You can find these works in any number of other collections – and probably more of them. The selection of Bradstreet’s poems is rather thin, focusing more on the per-emergent cult of domesticity than her political and theological themes. What I do like about this book is the affordability and its general sturdiness. The print is larger than Norton guides and the pages are thicker – this book can stand some wear from readers on the go. One drawback – while the authors are arranged…

  3. A great anthology of women’s literature This anthology was required for a college course on Women’s Lit. It is presented in a clear,, chronological, straightforward manner.

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