Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers: An Anthology

smant45bNineteenth-Century American Women Writers: An Anthology is a multicultural, multigenre collection celebrating the quality and diversity of nineteenth century American women’s expression. Complete texts, many never reprinted or anthologized, encompass both traditional and rediscovered genres, including advice and manners, travel writing, myth, children’s writing, sketch, utopia, journalism, humor, poetry, oral narrative, sampler verse, short fiction, thriller and detective, spiritual autobiography, letter, and diary.

Reflecting the latest scholarship on both traditional and unfamiliar writing, Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers provides an unequalled view of the breadth of American women’s work. Among the many writers represented are Catherine Maria Sedgwick, Rebecca Cox Jackson, Lydia Maria Child, the Lowell Offering writers, Margaret Fuller, Fanny Fern, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Frances E. W. Harper, Emily Dickisnon, Rebecca Harding Davis, Louisa May Alcott, María Amparo Ruiz de Burton, Harriet Prescott Spofford, Sarah M. B. Piatt, Constance Fenimore Woolson, Mary Hallock Foote, Sara Orne Jewett, Kate Chopin, Kate Douglas Wiggin, Anne Julia Cooper, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, E. Pauline Johnson, Ida Wells-Barnett, Martha Wolfenstein, and Onoto Watanna.  Appealing to scholars and general readers alike, Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers leads the way for future study.


Praise for Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers:

“Extraordinarily valuable for the range of material . . . and for the impression [it conveys] of the liveliness, the social and political engagement, and the expansiveness of women’s aesthetic concerns during the nineteenth century. . . . Open[s] out extraordinary vistas of further reading and research.”

Review of English Studies (UK)

“This anthology is a real treasure trove. . . . [it] offers a fascinating selection of material which ought to enthuse the scholar and general reader alike, and serve to remind us that the concerns and interests explored by these writers are as apposite today as they were in the nineteenth century.”

Journal of American Studies (UK)

“Behind [such volumes] are decades of scholarship, archival sleuthing, and persistent recovery efforts. . . . Generic diversity is one of the book’s greatest strengths. . . . The diversity of authors is equally impressive. . . . invaluable to anyone interested in nineteenth-century American women writers.”

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