Writing Women's Lives: An Anthology of Autobiographical Narratives by Twentieth-Century American Women Writers

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Representing fifty distinguished American women writers, this collection of autobiographical narratives reflects the diverse intersections of race, class, religion, and sexual identity as they have been experienced in every region of the United States over the course of the twentieth century. The selections showcase the common experiences of women writers as children, daughters, wives, lovers, mothers, artists, travelers, and intellectuals; together they form a moving cultural history of the United States form a moving cultural history of the United States from a female perspective. Among the different voices of these accomplished prose stylists, one hears a common note of humor and irreverence, and the ring of conviction and confidence that comes from a well-forged identity.

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Susan Cahill is the editor of seven literary anthologies, including Women and Fiction, Mothers: Memories, Dreams, and Reflections by Literary Daughters, and Growing Up Female: Stories from the American Mosaic. She was born, grew up, and is raising her family in New York City.

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Cahill, the editor of numerous feminist anthologies, has assembled a distinctive collection of 50 autobiographical narratives that span the 20th century. At the close of her powerful "Why Southern Women Leave Home," Shirley Abbott captures the spirit of this anthology, writing that "history weighs on us and refuses to be forgotten by us, and that the worst poverty women--or men--can suffer is to be bereft of their past." Readers will find an abundance of riches in this volume, including the familiar voices of Edith Wharton, Mary McCarthy, Louise Bogan and Annie Dillard, as well as newer names such as Sandra Cisneros, Dorothy Allison and Lorene Cary. Throughout, these essays span the spectrum of women's experiences and the challenges facing them, from racial and sexual discrimination, teen pregnancy and poverty, to the pleasures of reading, the love of other women and the burdens and blessings of ethnic heritage. Mary Crow Dog writes of her battle against the racism she faces as a Native American; Kate Millett, diagnosed as manic-depressive, fights the mental health establishment for her sanity; and Madeleine L'Engle struggles with her faith as her husband dies of cancer. Guided by William Dean Howell's observation that autobiography is "the most democratic province in the republic of letters," Cahill has gathered a diverse and inspiring chorus of American women's voice.
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