For centuries women have been marginalized and overlooked in American literary history. That injustice is corrected in this entertaining and provocativecollection of 350 years of poetry and fiction by American women.
From Puritan poet Anne Bradstreet to Margaret Fuller to Harriet Beecher Stowe, readers will encounter scores of lesser-known and forgotten writers who fully deserve to be rediscovered and enjoyed by new generations. Ourfamous women writers, including contemporary stars like Annie Proux and Jhumpa Lahiri, are showcased in their full literary context, offeringan epic overview of the canon in one monumental, dazzling volume.
This landmark anthology features the best work of our best American women, and was inspired and informed by the author's groundbreaking history celebrating women writers, A Jury of Her Peers.
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 Bronte to Lessing and A Jury of Her Peers: Celebrating American Women Writers from Anne Bradstreet to Annie Proulx. 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."
"Remarkable . . . . A Jury of Her Peers does an enormous service, houses a drop-dead reading list, and gives the reader a fluid framework"- Los Angels Times
"Exhilarating, provocative, revelatory, magisterial... The celebrated get their due…and so do the forgotten."- Slate