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A Jury of Her Peers: American Women Writers from Anne Bradstreet to Annie Proulx

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"A Jury of Her Peers participates in the tradition of recovering and reclaiming women writers omitted from histories, studies and anthologies of American literature. Drawing on past recovery projects, she provides a breathtaking overview of the intersections of gender and genre in American letters...." Jennifer Cognard-Black, Ms. magazine (read the entire Ms. review)

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Publisher Comments:

A Jury of Her Peers is an unprecedented literary landmark: the first comprehensive history of American women writers from 1650 to 2000.

In a narrative of immense scope and fascination — brimming with Elaine Showalter's characteristic wit and incisive opinions — we are introduced to more than 250 female writers. These include not only famous and expected names (Harriet Beecher Stowe, Willa Cather, Dorothy Parker, Flannery O'Connor, Gwendolyn Brooks, Grace Paley, Toni Morrison, and Jodi Picoult among them), but also many who were once successful and acclaimed yet now are little known, from the early American best-selling novelist Catherine Sedgwick to the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Susan Glaspell. Showalter shows how these writers — both the enduring stars and the ones left behind by the canon — were connected to one another and to their times. She believes it is high time to fully integrate the contributions of women into our American literary heritage, and she undertakes the task with brilliance and flair, making the case for the unfairly overlooked and putting the overrated firmly in their place.

Whether or not readers agree with the book's roster of writers, A Jury of Her Peers is an irresistible invitation to join the debate, to discover long-lost great writers, and to return to familiar titles with a deeper appreciation. It is a monumental work that will greatly enrich our understanding of American literary history and culture.

Review:

"A masterful achievement. Thorough yet concise, learned yet lively and entertaining, Elaine Showalter's literary history gives us brilliant accounts of the lives and works of America's women writers, many of whom she has recovered from near literary oblivion. Her passion for her subjects and her always stimulating opinions will engage many readers, from the first provocative paragraphs about the origin of Susan Glaspell's story, A Jury of Her Peers, to the final discussion of Annie Proulx's antiheroic rodeo stories. This is a remarkable book, one that deserves to become a classic." Emory Elliot, General Editor, The Columbia Literary History of the United States

Review:

"Lucid, lively, and learned, Elaine Showalter's ambitious portraits of notable and forgotten women writers comprise an incomparable literary collage. An extraordinary achievement." Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar, coauthors, The Madwoman in the Attic and coeditors, The Norton Anthology of Literature by Women

Review:

"Out of the many thousands of American women who have published since Anne Bradstreet's Tenth Muse appeared in 1650, the well-known feminist literary critic Elaine Showalter has selected over 250, crafting a thoughtful and provocative narrative history of women struggling, striving, and arriving in the literary marketplace. The book follows women through four historical stages of literary professionalism from housebound secrecy up to the present day when, finally, they can write as they please about anything they please. Adroit summaries mesh with sophisticated assessment to produce a book that is certain to take its place on the shelf of every person interested in American literary history." Nina Baym, General Editor of the Norton Anthology of American Literature

Review:

"Elaine Showalter brings American women writers to life in this immensely readable and illuminating literary history from the Puritans to the present. A rare combination of vivid writing, brilliant analysis and scholarly substance-engaging from beginning to end." Wendy Martin, author of An American Triptych: Anne Bradstreet, Emily Dickinson, and Adrienne Rich and editor of We Are the Stories We Tell

Review:

"This superb, groundbreaking history will inspire readers to read each of these remarkable writers." Booklist

About the Author

Elaine Showalter, a professor emerita at Princeton University, is the author of numerous books, including the groundbreaking A Literature of Their Own: British Women Novelists from Brontë to Lessing. A frequent radio and TV commentator in the United Kingdom, she has chaired the Man Booker International prize jury and judged the National Book Awards and the Orange Prize. She divides her time between Washington, D.C., and London.

Table of Contents

Introduction

1. A New Literature Springs Up in the New World

2. Revolution: Womens Rights and Womens Writing

3. Their Native Land

4. Finding a Form

5. Masterpieces and Mass Markets

6. Slavery, Race, and Womens Writing

7. The Civil War

8. The Coming Woman

9. American Sibyls

10. New Women

11. The Golden Morrow

12. Against Womens Writing: Wharton and Cather

13. You Might as Well Live

14. The Great Depression

15. The 1940s: World War II and After

16. The 1950s: Three Faces of Eve

17. The 1960s: Live or Die

18. The 1970s: The Will to Change

19. The 1980s: On the Jury

20. The 1990s: Anything She Wants

Acknowledgments

Notes

Index

Writers Discussed in the Book

Introduction

Susan Glaspell

Lydia Maria Child

Catherine Fenimore Woolson

Mary Austin

Zona Gale

Elizabeth Roberts

Julia Ward Howe

Pauline Hopkins

Nella Larsen

Emily Dickinson

Harriet Beecher Stowe

Gwendolyn Brooks

Edith Wharton

Willa Cather

Chapter 1: The 1600s

Anne Bradstreet

Mary Rowlandson

Chapter 2: The 1700s

Sarah Kemble Knight

Jane Coleman Turell

Elizabeth Magawley

Phillis Wheatley

Judith Sargent Murray

Mercy Otis Warren

Susanna Rowson

Anna Steele

Anna Young Smith

Sarah Wentworth Morton

Abigail Adams

Sukey Vickery

Hannah Webster Foster

Sally Sayward Barrell

Keating Wood

Tabitha Tenney

Chapter 3: 1820s-1830s

Lydia Maria Child

Sarah J. Hale

Mary Griffin

Catherine Maria Sedgwick

Caroline Kirkland

Chapter 4: 1840s

Margaret Fuller

Caroline May

Alice Cary

Frances Sargent Osgood

Maria Gowen Brooks

Elizabeth Oakes-Smith

Lydia HuntleySigourney

Anna Cora Mowatt

Harriet Beecher Stowe

Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Chapter 5: 1850s, Part I

Julia Ward Howe

Harriet Beecher Stowe

Miriam Berry Whicher

Susan Warner

Grace Greenwood

Hannah Gardner Creamer

Caroline Chesebro

Anna Warner

Elizabeth Stuart Phelps

Caroline Hentz

E.D.E.N. Southworth

“Fanny Fern” (Sarah Peyton Willis)

Laura Curtis Bullard

Lillie Devereaux Blake

Alice Cary

H. Marion Stephenson

Mary Virginia Hawes Terhune

Augusta Jane Evans

Harriet Prescott Spofford

Chapter 6: 1850s, Part II

Harriet Beecher Stowe

Mary Eastman

Caroline Hentz

Frances Watkins Harper

Lydia Maria Child

Harriet Jacobs

Harriet E. Wilson

“Hannah Crafts”

Chapter 7:

The Civil War

Harriet Beecher Stowe

Lucy Larcom

Caroline A. Mason

Julia LeGrand

Louisa May Alcott

E.D.E.N. Southworth

Augusta Jane Evans

Rebecca Harding Davis

Elizabeth Stuart Phelps

Elizabeth Barstow Stoddard

Emily Dickinson

Mary Terhune

Martha Finley

Mary Abigail Dodge

Chapter 8: The 1870s

Elizabeth Stuart Phelps

Julia Ward Howe

Harriet Beecher Stowe

Gail Hamilton

Alice Cary

Marietta Holley

Susan B. Anthony

Lillie Devereaux Blake

Sherwood Bonner

Chapter 9: The 1880s

Constance Fenimore Woolson

Harriet Beecher Stowe

Emma Lazarus

Rose Terry Cooke

Sarah Orne Jewett

Willa Cather

Mary E. Wilkins Freeman

Mary Noailles Murfree

Elizabeth Stuart Phelps

Helen Fiske Hunt Jackson

Chapter 10: The 1890s

Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Gertrude Atherton

Kate Chopin

Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Louise Imogen Guiney

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Elizabeth Robins

Edith Wharton

Frances Harper

Pauline Hopkins

Eveleen Mason

Lois Waisbrooker

Alice Ilgenfritz Jones

Ella Merchant

Eliza J. Nicholson

Elizabeth Gilmer

Julia Ward Howe

Maud Howe

Grace King

Louisa May Alcott

Alice Dunbar-Nelson

Helen Hunt Jackson

Mary Wilkins Freeman

Ellen Glasgow

Helen Gray Cone

Chapter 11: The 1900s

Margaret Fuller

Mary Johnston

Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Francis Whiting Halsey

Edith Wharton

Gertrude Atherton

Mary Hunter Austin

Gertrude Stein

Hilda Doolittle

Marianne Moore

Amy Lowell

Mary Antin

Gertrude Simmons Bonnin

Edith Maud Easton

Elizabeth Robins

Rachel Crothers

Susan Glaspell

Kate Chopin

Willa Cather

Kate Douglas Wiggin

Geneva Stratton-Porter

Jean Webster

Eleanor H. Porter

Chapter 12: The 1910s

Edith Wharton

Willa Cather

Margaret Fuller

Harriet Beecher Stowe

Kate Chopin

Chapter 13: The 1920s

Sylvia Plath

Gwendolyn Brooks

Josephine Herbst

Ellen Glasgow

Elizabeth Madox Roberts

Edith Summers Kelley

Edna St. Vincent Millay

Gertrude Stein

Hilda Doolittle (H.D.)

Elinor Wylie

Amy Lowell

Genevieve Taggard

Dorothy Parker

Louise Bogan

Sara Teasdale

Louisa May Alcott

Genevieve Taggard

Mina Loy

Dorothy Dunbar Bromley

Nella Larsen

Josephine Herbst

Katherine Anne Porter

Sophie Treadwell

Zoe Akins

Zona Gale

Dorothy Canfield Fisher

Pearl Buck

Willa Cather

Anzia Yezierska

Emily Dickinson

Jessie Fauset

Kate Chopin

Chapter 14: The 1930s

Meridel Le Sueur

Susan Glaspell

Willa Cather

Emily Dickinson

Fanny Hurst

Katherine Anne Porter

Zoe Akins

Dorothy Parker

Tess Slesinger

Lillian Hellman

Clare Boothe

Pearl Buck

Margaret Mitchell

Edith Wharton

Jessie Fauset

Nella Larsen

Margaret Walker

Muriel Rukeyser

Sara Teasdale

Edna St. Vincent Millay

Martha Gellhorn

Josephine Herbst

Tillie Olsen

Louise Bogan

Djuna Barnes

Susan Sontag

Harriet Sohmers

Mary Wilkins Freeman

Zora Neale Hurston

Chapter 15: The 1940s

Louise Bogan

Jane Cooper

Margaret Walker

Gwendolyn Brooks

Sylvia Plath

Alice Bradley Sheldon

Martha Gellhorn

Hisaye Yamamoto

Eudora Welty

Carson McCullers

Flannery OConnor

Katherine Anne Porter

Agnes Smedley

Jean Stafford

Margaret Walker

Harper Lee

Ann Petry

Dorothy West

Sally Benson

Ayn Rand

Betty Smith

Betty Macdonald

Jessamyn West

Laura Z. Hobson

Kathleen Winsor

Fay Kanin

Edna St. Vincent Millay

Chapter 16: The 1950s

Carson McCullers

Shirley Jackson

Sylvia Plath

Gwendolyn Brooks

Flannery OConnor

Adrienne Rich

Joyce Carol Oates

Kathleen Norris

Fannie Hurst

Jessie Fauset

Nella Larsen

Harriette Simpson Arnow

Mary McCarthy

Jean Stafford

Grace Metalious

Leonie Adams

Babette Deutsch

Muriel Rukeyser

May Swenson

Mona Van Duyn

Jean Garrigue

Barbara Howe

Anne Sexton

Marianne Moore

Louise Bogan

Elizabeth Bishop

Patricia Highsmith

Ann Weldy

Lorraine Hansberry

Chapter 17: The 1960s

Gwendolyn Brooks

Anne Sexton

Denise Levertov

Muriel Rukeyser

Harper Lee

Katherine Anne Porter

Mary McCarthy

Louise Bogan

Joyce Carol Oates

S. E. Hinton

Adrienne Rich

Maxine Kumin

Tillie Olsen

Sara Teasdale

Edna St. Vincent Millay

Betty Friedan

Sarah Orne Jewett

Jean Stafford

Chapter 18: The 1970s

Adrienne Rich

Michelle Cliff

Kate Millet

Robin Morgan

Shulamith Firestone

Toni Cade Bambara

Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Toni Morrison

Erica Jong

Nikki Giovanni

Maya Angelou

Audre Lord

Ntozake Shange

Alice Walker

Zora Neale Hurston

Nella Larsen

Diane Johnson

Gail Godwin

Judith Rossner

Lois Gould

Joyce Carol Oates

Dorothy Bryant

Ursula LeGuin

Joanna Russ

Marge Piercy

James Tiptree, Jr./ Alice Bradley Sheldon

Willa Cather

Vonda N. McIntyre

Chelsea Quinn Yarboro

Joanna Russ

Grace Paley

Maxine Hong Kingston

Anne Tyler

Joan Didion

Susan Sontag

Cynthia Ozick

Chapter 19: The 1980s

Sharon Olds

Alice Walker

Phillis Wheatley

Joyce Carol Oates

Elizabeth Bishop

Cynthia Ozick

Ursula LeGuin

Beth Henley

Marsha Norman

Wendy Wasserstein

Sara Paretsky

Sue Grafton

Patricia Cornwell

Toni Morrison

Louise Erdrich

Alice Walker

Marilynne Robinson

Gloria Naylor

Sandra Cisneros

Amy Tan

Amy Hempel

Bharati Mukherjee

Mary Robison

Jayne Anne Phillips

Ann Beattie

Bobbie Ann Mason

Gloria Naylor

Chapter 20: The 1990s

Toni Morrison

Lynn Hejinian

Marilyn Hacker

Sharon Olds

Louise Glück

Anne Carson

Jorie Graham

Rita Dove

Jodie Picoult

Jennifer Weiner

Terry McMillan

Susannah Moore

A. M. Homes

Joyce Carol Oates

Susan Sontag

Susan Choi

Wendy Wasserstein

Joanne Dobson

Gish Jen

Jane Smiley

Harriet Beecher Stowe

Sena Jeter Naslund

Annie Proulx

Anne Bradstreet

Mary Rowlandson

Product Details

ISBN:
9781400041237
Subtitle:
American Women Writers from Anne Bradstreet to Annie Proulx
Author:
Showalter, Elaine
Publisher:
Knopf
Subject:
Women Authors
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Women
Subject:
American literature
Subject:
Women in literature
Subject:
Women -- United States -- Intellectual life.
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20090224
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
608
Dimensions:
9.44x6.64x1.90 in. 1.91 lbs.

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"Review A Day" by , "A Jury of Her Peers participates in the tradition of recovering and reclaiming women writers omitted from histories, studies and anthologies of American literature. Drawing on past recovery projects, she provides a breathtaking overview of the intersections of gender and genre in American letters...." (read the entire Ms. review)
"Review" by , "A masterful achievement. Thorough yet concise, learned yet lively and entertaining, Elaine Showalter's literary history gives us brilliant accounts of the lives and works of America's women writers, many of whom she has recovered from near literary oblivion. Her passion for her subjects and her always stimulating opinions will engage many readers, from the first provocative paragraphs about the origin of Susan Glaspell's story, A Jury of Her Peers, to the final discussion of Annie Proulx's antiheroic rodeo stories. This is a remarkable book, one that deserves to become a classic."
"Review" by , "Lucid, lively, and learned, Elaine Showalter's ambitious portraits of notable and forgotten women writers comprise an incomparable literary collage. An extraordinary achievement." Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar, coauthors, The Madwoman in the Attic and coeditors, The Norton Anthology of Literature by Women
"Review" by , "Out of the many thousands of American women who have published since Anne Bradstreet's Tenth Muse appeared in 1650, the well-known feminist literary critic Elaine Showalter has selected over 250, crafting a thoughtful and provocative narrative history of women struggling, striving, and arriving in the literary marketplace. The book follows women through four historical stages of literary professionalism from housebound secrecy up to the present day when, finally, they can write as they please about anything they please. Adroit summaries mesh with sophisticated assessment to produce a book that is certain to take its place on the shelf of every person interested in American literary history."
"Review" by , "Elaine Showalter brings American women writers to life in this immensely readable and illuminating literary history from the Puritans to the present. A rare combination of vivid writing, brilliant analysis and scholarly substance-engaging from beginning to end." Wendy Martin, author of An American Triptych: Anne Bradstreet, Emily Dickinson, and Adrienne Rich and editor of We Are the Stories We Tell
"Review" by , "This superb, groundbreaking history will inspire readers to read each of these remarkable writers."
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