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Nineteenth-century American women writers : a bio-bibliographical critical sourcebook /
edited by Denise D. Knight ; Emmanuel S. Nelson, advisory editor.
imprint
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1997.
description
xiv, 534 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0313297134 (alk. paper)
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imprint
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1997.
isbn
0313297134 (alk. paper)
catalogue key
1238675
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [505]-509) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1997-12:
Until recently, the Western literary canon was dominated by male authors, with only a few representative females. However, the canon has recently undergone considerable discussion and revision, with an eye to including non-European cultures and female voices. Several 19th-century women writers who had fallen into obscurity are now being celebrated, hence the growing popularity of Kate Chopin, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, and others. The present book attempts to bring together representative US women writers whose best-known works were written or published during the 19th century. A variety of authors make up the 77 entries--children's authors, novelists, poets, abolitionists, former slaves--and they provide an understanding of women's issues of that day. Each entry features a short biography, discussion of the author's major themes, critical studies, and a bibliography of works by and about the author. A comprehensive bibliography is also provided. A few minor authors are omitted, but the editor (English, SUNY-Cortland) points out this volume can only be representative of the period, so enough authors remain to make up a second volume. A volume on 20th-century US women authors would be appropriate, as would a comprehensive index to the series. Highly recommended for all public and academic libraries. S. R. Moore; University of Southwestern Louisiana
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"This sourcebook will be invaluable to teachers of American literature who wish to revise their syllabi and to encourage their students to research women writers independently.... [T]his book...should be considered a must for every school and public library."- The Leaflet
'œUntil recently, the Western literary canon was dominated by male authors, with only a few representative females. However, the canon has recently undergone considerable discussion and revision, with an eye to including non-European cultures and female voices. The present book brings together representative US women writers whose best-known works were written or published during the 19th century. A variety of authors make up the 77 entries--children's authors, novelists, poets, abolitionists, former slaves--and they provide an understanding of women's issues of that day.... Highly recommended for all public and academic libraries.'' Choice
"Until recently, the Western literary canon was dominated by male authors, with only a few representative females. However, the canon has recently undergone considerable discussion and revision, with an eye to including non-European cultures and female voices. The present book brings together representative US women writers whose best-known works were written or published during the 19th century. A variety of authors make up the 77 entries--children's authors, novelists, poets, abolitionists, former slaves--and they provide an understanding of women's issues of that day.... Highly recommended for all public and academic libraries."- Choice
'œHigh-school, public, and college libraries will find Nineteenth-Century Women Writers a valuable resource. Though material abounds on some of the included writers, information, especially literary criticism, on many of the less well known women can be difficult to find,'' Booklist/Reference Books Bulletin
'œThis sourcebook will be invaluable to teachers of American literature who wish to revise their syllabi and to encourage their students to research women writers independently.... [T]his book...should be considered a must for every school and public library.'' The Leaflet
"High-school, public, and college libraries will find Nineteenth-Century Women Writers a valuable resource. Though material abounds on some of the included writers, information, especially literary criticism, on many of the less well known women can be difficult to find,"- Booklist/Reference Books Bulletin
'œEach well organized entry includes a biography of the author, a discussion of her major works or themes, a survey of critical studies, and a bibliography of works by and studies of the author....[A]n excellent resource book that brings into context writers who were previously excluded from the canon of literary studies.'' EDIS Bulletin
"Each well organized entry includes a biography of the author, a discussion of her major works or themes, a survey of critical studies, and a bibliography of works by and studies of the author....[A]n excellent resource book that brings into context writers who were previously excluded from the canon of literary studies."- EDIS Bulletin
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Summaries
Unpaid Annotation
As the American literary canon has undergone revision and expansion in recent years, the influence of women writers of the nineteenth century has been reevaluated. The first book of its kind, this reference provides alphabetically arranged entries for more than 70 nineteenth-century American women writers, such as Louisa May Alcott, Margaret Fuller, Emma Lazarus, and Harriet Beecher Stowe. Each entry is written by an expert contributor and includes a biography, a discussion of the author's major works and themes, an overview of the critical studies examining the writer's works, and a bibliography of works for further consultation.
Long Description
As the American literary canon has undergone revision and expansion in recent years, the influence of women writers of the nineteenth century has been reevaluated. The first book of its kind, this reference provides alphabetically arranged entries for more than 70 nineteenth-century American women writers, such as Louisa May Alcott, Margaret Fuller, Emma Lazarus, and Harriet Beecher Stowe. Each entry is written by an expert contributor and includes a biography, a discussion of the author's major works and themes, an overview of the critical studies examining the writer's works, and a bibliography of works for further consultation. The nineteenth century gave birth to some of the richest works in American literature. For decades, nineteenth-century authors such as Hawthorne, Melville, Poe, Emerson, Thoreau, and Whitman have been considered the dominant figures of the period, and other writers have received much less attention. But the scope and focus of American literary studies has shifted dramatically in recent years, and mainstream anthologies have been revised to reflect changes in the canon. One of the most exciting changes has been the reassessment of the contributions of American women writers of the nineteenth century. Some of these women, such as Louisa May Alcott and Harriet Beecher Stowe, are fairly well known. Others, such as Charlotte Perkins Gilman, have been the subject of much recent critical attention. But despite the resurgence of interest in American women writers of the nineteenth century, resources for readers have remained widely scattered. This reference book is the first work of its kind to offer comprehensive entries on more than 70 American women writers who published during the nineteenth century. Featuring authors who have long been assimilated into the literary canon as well as once-popular writers who have largely been forgotten, this volume invites a critical reassessment of the contributions of these writers to American literary history. Entries are written by expert contributors and are arranged alphabetically to facilitate access. Each entry includes a biographical sketch, a discussion of the writer's major works and themes, an overview of the critical response to the writer, and a bibliography of works by and about the writer. To encourage additional research, the volume closes with a bibliography of significant studies of nineteenth-century American women writers.
Long Description
The nineteenth century gave birth to some of the richest works in American literature. For decades, nineteenth-century authors such as Hawthorne, Melville, Poe, Emerson, Thoreau, and Whitman have been considered the dominant figures of the period, and other writers have received much less attention. But the scope and focus of American literary studies has shifted dramatically in recent years, and mainstream anthologies have been revised to reflect changes in the canon. One of the most exciting changes has been the reassessment of the contributions of American women writers of the nineteenth century. Some of these women, such as Louisa May Alcott and Harriet Beecher Stowe, are fairly well known. Others, such as Charlotte Perkins Gilman, have been the subject of much recent critical attention. But despite the resurgence of interest in American women writers of the nineteenth century, resources for readers have remained widely scattered. This reference book is the first work of its kind to offer comprehensive entries on more than 70 American women writers who published during the nineteenth century. Featuring authors who have long been assimilated into the literary canon as well as once-popular writers who have largely been forgotten, this volume invites a critical reassessment of the contributions of these writers to American literary history. Entries are written by expert contributors and are arranged alphabetically to facilitate access. Each entry includes a biographical sketch, a discussion of the writer's major works and themes, an overview of the critical response to the writer, and a bibliography of works by and about the writer. To encourage additional research, the volume closes with a bibliography of significant studies of nineteenth-century American women writers.
Table of Contents
Preface
Louisa May
Alcott Anne
Charlotte Lynch
Botta Maria
Gowen Brooks (Maria Del Occidente)
Frances Hodgson
Burnett Alice
Cary Phoebe
Cary Caroline Chesebro' Caroline Cheseborough Lydia Maria
Child Kate
Chopin Louise
Amelia Knapp
Smith Clappe
Cooke Ina
Donna Coolbrith
Anna Julia
Cooper Maria
Susanna Cummins
Rebecca Harding
Davis Emily
Dickinson Alice
Ruth Moore
Dunbar-Nelson
Emma Embury
Fanny Fern
Kate Field
Martha Finley
Wilkins Freeman
Margaret Fuller
Charlotte Perkins
Gilman Anna
Katherine Green
Sarah Pratt
McLean Greene
Grace Greenwood
Sarah Grimke
Sarah Josepha
Hale Gail
Hamilton
Marion Harland
Caroline Lee
Whiting Hentz
Marietta Holley
Hawes Holmes
Pauline Elizabeth
Hopkins Sarah
Winnemucca Hopkins
Julia Ward
Howe Helen
Hunt Jackson
Harriet A. Jacobs
Jewett Grace
Elizabeth King
Caroline Kirkland
Lucy Larcom
Rose Hawthorne
Lathrop
Maria Jane
McIntosh Adah
Isaacs Menken
Anna Cora
Ogden Mowatt
Mary Noailles
Murfree
Smith Frances
Sargent Osgood
Elizabeth Stuart
Phelps Henrietta
Cordelia Ray
Lizette Woodworth
Reese Catharine
Maria Sedgwick
Lydia Howard
Huntley Sigourney
E.D.E.N. Southworth Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevett Southworth
Ann Sophia
Stephens Maria
Stewart Elizabeth
Drew Barstow
Stoddard Harriet
Beecher Stowe
Ruth McEnery
Stuart Octave
Thanet
Thaxter Metta
Victoria Fuller
Victor Elizabeth
Stuart Phelps
Ward Susan
Warner Frances
Miriam Berry
Whitcher Sarah
Helen Whitman
A.D.T. Whitney
Evans Wilson
Harriet E. Wilson
Sally S. Wood
Constance
Fenimore Woolson
Bibliography
Index
About the Editor
Contributors
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