American Women Fiction Writers, 1900-1960

American Women Fiction Writers, 1900-1960

by Harold Bloom
     
 

Part of an ongoing series covering the texts and lives of the most important women writers of English, American Women Fiction Writers, 1900-1960: Volume One contains introductory essays by Harold Bloom and provides biographical information, a wide selection of critical excerpts and complete bibliographies of 12 authors.  See more details below

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Part of an ongoing series covering the texts and lives of the most important women writers of English, American Women Fiction Writers, 1900-1960: Volume One contains introductory essays by Harold Bloom and provides biographical information, a wide selection of critical excerpts and complete bibliographies of 12 authors.

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Library Journal - Library Journal
Once again, noteworthy critic Bloom (Yale and New York Univ. Graduate Sch.) has teamed with Chelsea House to create a literary series. This one is divided into six volumes, including the two-volume British Women Fiction Writers (to be reviewed in a forthcoming issue of LJ with Garland's Women Writers of Great Britain and Europe). Unfortunately, the remaining four volumes offer little that is new. Each volume is arranged alphabetically by writer (most of whom are already in the canon) and covers about a dozen authors in lengthy (seven- to 18-page) articles that provide a biographical statement, excerpts of critical opinion, and a bibliography of the writer's works. Each volume contains the same short introduction by Bloom focusing on the merits of feminist criticism. This duplication ignores the opportunity to explore the differences among women's cultural backgrounds and their works and sets up a mood that the extracted critical opinions do not follow. Appropriate only for public libraries lacking access to the indexes and journals where the criticism appears; the more inclusive A Library of Literary Criticism (Continuum, 1996) provides shorter and better-focused excerpts on more authors.Neal Wyatt, Chesterfield P.L., Va.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 9 UpThis volume is a good example of why it is important to examine both who has been included as well as who has not. The second of two volumes about female authors of the English language, it includes a collection of previously published criticisms and a bibliography for each of the 11 authors. The book is well organized and the criticisms (with only a few exceptions) are readable and enlightening. The one weakness of the book lies in the selection of writers. Notable names such as Zora Neale Hurston, Shirley Jackson, Mary McCarthy, Carson McCullers, Flannery O'Connor, and Dorothy Parker are all here. But one must question why lesser-known writers such as Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins, Nella Larsen, and Ann Petry are included when Edith Wharton, Katherine Anne Porter, and Margaret Walker are not. It would be easy to answer that it is impossible to include everyone. True enough, but why include Anas Nin, whose whole literary reputation is based more on her diary than her fiction? Why Margaret Mitchell and not Marjorie Rawlings, Pulitzer Prize winner for The Yearling and author of a much larger body of work? The inclusion of less well known authors at the expense of frequently studied writers lessens the book's usefulness. The result is a title with five or six sections that will be heavily used while the remaining chapters will receive little or no attention.Marilyn Heath, Greenwood High School, SC

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791046524
Publisher:
Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/28/1998
Series:
Women Writers of English and Their Works Series
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
6.31(w) x 9.57(h) x 0.78(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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