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800 Years of Women's Letters (Biography, Letters and Diaries) Paperback – 10 Jan 1998
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About the Author
OLGA KENYON is a well-respected writer and academic. She has lectured at Bradford University and Morley College, where she was Head of Humanities. She has also lectured for the Open University, specialising in Women's Literature. She lives in Manchester. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Olga Kenyon's intention is to show that women's letters are a valid form of literature, despite still being relatively neglected, compared to poetry and novels, and she achieves this admirably. Taking account of the feminist approach, studying the older letters for their difference from the present also helps toward our understanding both of the past and of gender formation.
The book is divided into eleven main sections; each section includes an insightful introduction by Olga Kenyon. The letters cover such topics as: How women view their roles, Love and Sexual Passion, Work, War and Alleviating suffering and Political skills.
There are for instance letters from Aphra Benn, (the first professional woman writer in England) forced to ask for money to cover her expenses; Mrs Gaskell considers the balance between housekeeping duties and individual development; Lady Mary Wortley Montagu writes of on her first visit to a Turkish Bath in 1717 (she is perhaps the most interesting letter writer in the English language, though no books of hers were in print when this book was published in 1992).Read more ›
In this engrossing anthology, the first truly comprehensive study of women's letters, Olga kenyon explores the tradition of female letter-writing from the 12th century to the presetn day.
One of the few 'allowable' forms of written expressioin open to women until the 18th century.
these private letters deal in daily life, their sorrows and joys, small achievments and the great rites of passage of birth, death and marriage.
Includes: Heloise, Margaret Paston, Elizabeth I, Queen Victoria, Florence Nightingale, Vita Sackville-West, Virginia Woolf, Jane Austen and many many more...
A Must for any collection!
A great book to own or to give to anyone who enjoys being inspired by the reflections of people from other ages .
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this book to uses in my work as a creative writer. It gave me lots of ideas to use in classes but was also an interesting read in its own right.Published on 5 May 2013 by needlesandpens
This book is so inspiring, it takes you into the private worlds of women. It is well put together and the letters are carefully chosen. Read morePublished on 9 Mar. 2010 by Ms. D. Hughes
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