Dorothy Barbour



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A Jury of Her Peers: American Women Writers from A&hellip by Elaine Showalter
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… Read more

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