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A Jury of Her Peers: American Women Writers from Anne Bradstreet to Annie Proulx
A Jury of Her Peers: American Women Writers from Anne Bradstreet to Annie Proulx
by Elaine Showalter
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.34

4.0 out of 5 stars American Literature written by women, 19 Feb 2014
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This is a really informative book but wearing its scholarship lightly. It provides a historical overview from the eighteenth century up until modern times and covers poetry, prose and drama. It reads well and provides biographical details as well as evaluations of the texts themselves and the themes that interested these women. Feminists do have to grid their teeth at some of the situations but then, that is the way it was. Best we can do now is know about the situations. For anyone who wants to know about American women's writing, this book is a joy. It fits well with the short story anthology "Scribbling Women"- Hawthorne's polite, respectful description - some real gems in there and a story called "A Jury of her Peers".


Songs in the Key of Fife: The Intertwining Stories of the Beta Band, King Creosote, KT Tunstall, James Yorkston and the Fence Collective
Songs in the Key of Fife: The Intertwining Stories of the Beta Band, King Creosote, KT Tunstall, James Yorkston and the Fence Collective
by Vic Galloway
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.69

5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and informative, 3 Jan 2014
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This book was on a subject I knew absolutely nothing about. I knew a great deal more after reading it and the learning process was enjoyable!


Scribbling Women: American Women's Short Stories of the Nineteenth Century
Scribbling Women: American Women's Short Stories of the Nineteenth Century
by Elaine Showalter
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.28

5.0 out of 5 stars Wide Range of Writing, 3 Jan 2014
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This volume features work from a variety of women, some of them very well known from longer works. These shorter pieces are invariably thought provoking and the understated title belies the power of the writing. If you enjoy reading a short story and then relishing its thoughtfulness then this book will give considerable pleasure.


Lives of the Novelists: A History of Fiction in 294 Lives
Lives of the Novelists: A History of Fiction in 294 Lives
by John Sutherland
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.59

5.0 out of 5 stars A good read, 3 Jan 2014
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It is hard to imagine that such scholarly material can be presented in such an entertaining way. Prof Sutherland's sense of humour is sharp and gives real delight to the reader. Authors considered date from 17th century to the present. All the well known names are there and some less well known too. Invaluable and delightful.


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