A Jury of Her Peers

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Feb 24, 2009 - Literary Criticism - 608 pages
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An unprecedented literary landmark: the first comprehensive history of American women writers from 1650 to the present.
In a narrative of immense scope and fascination, here are more than 250 female writers, including the famous—Harriet Beecher Stowe, Dorothy Parker, Flannery O’Connor, and Toni Morrison, among others—and the little known, from the early American bestselling novelist Catherine Sedgwick to the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Susan Glaspell. Showalter integrates women’s contributions into our nation’s literary heritage with brilliance and flair, making the case for the unfairly overlooked and putting the overrated firmly in their place.

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User Review  - astrologerjenny - LibraryThing

Great book! It’s fun both for reference, and as a straight read-through. I didn’t agree with Showalter’s opinions all the time – she’s tough on Gertrude Stein – but mostly she’s generous and ... Read full review

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User Review  - Lisahgolden - LibraryThing

Got this from the library. Am currently picking it up occasionally flipping through it, reading a couple of pages and then going back to it later. It's a huge book and I won't finish it before it's due, but I'll learn some things about some authors from it. Read full review


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Their Native Land
Finding a Form
Masterpieces and Mass Markets
Slavery Race and Womens Writing
The Civil War
You Might as Well Live
The Great Depression
World War II and After
Three Faces of Eve
Live or Die
The Will to Change
On the Jury
Anything She Wants

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American Sibyls
New Women
The Golden Morrow
Wharton and Cather
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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 Brontė to Lessing. 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.

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