Why is an academic book funny? This book is written by a angry feminist and some of her comments about the sexual bias in academic criticism are very funny (to other feminists that is)! When this book first came out, it was really important because there was almost no easily accessable information on early women writers. We now have tons of better and more accurate books on earlier women writers, but this one is still fascinating for its down-to-earth, "I'm not going to take this anymore" tone. Also the pictures add interest!