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A Day at a Time: The Diary Literature of American Women Writers from 1764 to the Present

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This portrait of American women--young and old from varying ethnic backgrounds--from the earliest days of the nation to the present, reveals the remarkable strengths and resources of "ordinary" women in their own words. "This historical volume becomes as moving and engrossing as almost any novel."--People¶"A valuable reference work."--New York Times Book Review
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Overview


This portrait of American women--young and old from varying ethnic backgrounds--from the earliest days of the nation to the present, reveals the remarkable strengths and resources of "ordinary" women in their own words. "This historical volume becomes as moving and engrossing as almost any novel."--People¶"A valuable reference work."--New York Times Book Review
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Despite editor's comments that unnecessarily nudge the reader toward obvious and broad conclusions, these excerpts from diaries composed over the past two centuries by 29 American women are a delightful treasure trove for those interested in the variety of women's experiences in the United States. Here are people from different classes, social levels, ethnic backgrounds. One woman describes her trip West to Oregon, at one point ``over the worst road that was ever made.'' A Victorian woman tells of her stormy courtships``I believe I am too glad and happy to be alive!'' Eslanda Goode Robeson, wife of Paul Robeson, writes of a bigot encountered during a trip through colonial Africa: ``Why am I sorry for this pitiful `superior' European?'' An 18th century woman recalls her husband's incest with their daughter: ``But as to my living with him in the most endearing relation any longer, after such horrid crimes, I did not see that I could, or ought to do it!'' A rich, eloquent collection. December
Library Journal
In these diary excerpts real women, notable not for succeeding but for surviving, tell of their struggles to cope with infant death, sickness, old age, incest, and murder. On a railroad train fleeing the Yankees in the Civil War South, on a whaling ship in 1871, these women reveal their private lives or their personal connections with the public world. The diversity of their circumstances only highlights the universality of their experience. Culley's introduction offers good advice not only on how to read diaries, but on how to apply literary and historical analysis to them. Though some excerpts are too brief, most are available in published (though often out of print) works. The bibliography is extremely thorough. Teachers of history, literature, and sociology, feminists, and anyone who enjoys firsthand accounts will want this excellent collection. Highly recommended. Mary Drake McFeely, Smith Coll. Lib., Northampton, Mass.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780935312515
  • Publisher: Feminist Press at CUNY, The
  • Publication date: 1/1/1993
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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