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The Norton Book of Womens Livesby Phyllis Rose
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"This magnificent, handsome, handful of an anthology . . ."* includes sixty-one substantial selections from the twentieth-century literature of women's lives: autobiographies, journals, and memoirs. "As varied in humanity as in geography,"** the women whose life stories are collected here include the famous--Maya Angelou, Maxine Hong Kingston, Anne Frank, Virginia Woolf--and the surprising--Emma Mashinini, a black South African labor organizer; Onnie Lee Logan, an Alabama "granny" midwife; Sara Suleri, an expatriate in America who reflects hilariously on the language of food in her native Pakistan. "Destined to become a classic,"‡ this treasury of women's lives, brimming with intelligence, passion, wit, and determination, is a celebration of life itself. * ** ‡
"This remarkable and wide-ranging collection, full of surprises, should encourage any woman who is trying to survive in a man's world, and enlighten any man who sincerely wants to understand contemporary women." --Alison Lurie
This anthology includes 61 selections from the 20th-century literature of women's lives: autobiographies, journals, and memoirs. The women whose life stories are collected here range from Maya Angelou and Anne Frank to Onnie Lee Logan, an Alabama midwife, and Emma Mashinini, a South African labor organizer.
About the Author
Phyllis Rose is the author of Parallel Lives: Five Victorian Marriages and other noted works of biography and criticism. She is professor of English at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut.
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