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Writing a Woman's Life (Ballantine Reader's Circle)by Carolyn G Heilbrun
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"Astute and provocative....Blends the sophistication of recent feminist theory with highly textured details fro the lives of independent and ambitious women."
THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
Drawing on the experience of celebrated women, from George Sand and Virginia Woolf to Dorothy Sayers and Adrienne Rich, Heilbrun examines the struggle these writers undertook when their drives made it impossible for them to follow the traditional "male" script for a woman's life. Refreshing and insightful, this is an homage to brave women past and present, and an invitation to all women to write their own scripts, whatever they may be.
Book News Annotation:
Heilbrun (humanities, Columbia U.) presents a feminist reading of women's nonfiction narratives, starting with May Sarton's Journal of a Solitude (1973). The Ballantine reissue of this bestseller concludes with a conversation between the author and Gloria Steinem. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
"A provocative study that should be in every writer's library."—Washington Post
In this modern classic, Carolyn G. Heilbrun builds an eloquent argument demonstrating that writers conform all too often to society's expectations of what women should be like at the expense of the truth of the female experience. Drawing on the careers of celebrated authors including Virginia Woolf, George Sand, and Dorothy Sayers, Heilbrun illustrates the struggle these writers undertook in both work and life to break away from traditional "male" scripts for women's roles.
Bibliography: p. -138.
About the Author
Carolyn G. Heilbrun (1926-2003) was a professor of English at Columbia University. A force in literary and feminist theory, she also wrote mysteries under the pen name Amanda Cross.
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