American Women Writers, 1900-1945

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Women writers have been traditionally excluded from literary canons and not until recently have scholars begun to rediscover or discover for the first time neglected women writers and their works. This reference includes alphabetically arranged entries on 58 American women authors who wrote between 1900 and 1945. Each entry is written by an expert contributor and discusses a particular author's biography, her major works and themes, and the critical response to her writings. The entries close with extensive primary and secondary bibliographies, and the volume concludes with a list of works for further reading.

The period surveyed by this reference is rich and diverse. Modernism and the Harlem Renaissance, two major artistic movements, occurred between 1900 and 1945, and the entries included here demonstrate the significant contributions women made to these movements. The volume as a whole strives to reflect the diversity of American culture and includes entries for African American, Native American, Mexican American, and Chinese American women. It includes well known writers such as Willa Cather and Eudora Welty, along with more neglected ones such as Anita Scott Coleman and Sui Sin Far.

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Editorial Reviews

Profiles American women writers of the period, highlighting their contributions to important literary movements in 20th-century US history, especially modernism and the Harlem Renaissance. Each profile contains sections on the author's life, major works and themes, critical reception, and a bibliography of primary and secondary sources. Writers who have received considerable critical attention, such as Willa Cather, Eudora Welty, and Zora Neale Hurston are included, as well as those who remain neglected, such as Anita Scott Coleman and Jovita Gonz<'a>lez de Mireles. The editor teaches English at San Diego State University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313309434
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/30/2000
  • Pages: 422
  • Lexile: 1350L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

LAURIE CHAMPION is Assistant Professor of English at San Diego State University, Imperial Valley Campus.

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Table of Contents


Introduction by Laurie Champion

Bess Streeter Aldrich by Denise D. Knight

Gertrude Atherton by Catherine Cucinella

Mary Hunter Austin by Elizabeth Wright

Djuna Barnes (Lydia Steptoe) by Carmine Esposito

Elizabeth Bishop by Kirstin R. Hotelling Zona

Louise Bogan by Laurie Champion and Richard J. Williamson

Marita Odette Bonner by Allison Berg

Kay Boyle by Sharon L. Hileman

Pearl S. Buck by Ann W. Engar

Fabiola Cabeza de Baca Gilbert by Kate K. Davis

Willa Cather by Sally E. Haldorson and Bruce A. Glasrud

Anita Scott Coleman by Bruce A. Glasrud and Laurie Champion

Rachel Crothers by Sandra Gail Teichmann

H.D. (Hilda Doolittle) by M. Catherine Downs

Alice Maude Ewell by William J. Scheick

Jessie Redmon Fauset by Rhonda Austin

Edna Ferber by Rhonda Austin

Dorothy Canfield Fisher by Elizabeth Wright

Zona Gale by David Garett Izzo

Ellen Glasgow by Catherine Rainwater

Susan Keating Glaspell by Cheryl D. Bohde

Jovita Gonzalez de Mireles by Andrea R. Purdy

Caroline Gordon by Lou Halsell Rodenberger

Lillian Hellman by Jennifer A. Haytock

Zora Neale Hurston by Bruce A. Glasrud and Laurie Champion

Cleofas M. Jaramillo by Kate K. Davis

Georgia Douglas Camp Johnson by Catherine Cucinella

Margery Latimer by Joy Castro

Nella Larsen by C. Ann McDonald

Amy Lowell by William J. Scheil

Mina Loy by Rhonda Pettit

Clare Booth Luce by Laura Shea

Mabel Dodge Luhan by Lisa Abney

Carson McCullers by Julie Buckner Armstrong

Edna St. Vincent Millay by Robert Johnson

Margaret Mitchell by Rhonda Austin

Marianne Moore by Ernest J. Smith

Mourning Dove (Hum-Ishi-Ma) [Christine Quintasket] (1882-1936) by Beverly G. Six

JosephinaNiggli by Catherine Cucinella

Flannery O'Connor by Leslie Winfield Williams

Dorothy Parker by James Ward Lee

Katherine Anne Porter by Lou Halsell Rodenberger

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings by Janet K. Turk

Lola Ridge by Nancy Berke

Elizabeth Madox Roberts by Suzanne Disheroon Green

Dorothy Scarborough by Sylvia Ann Grider

Anne Spencer by Sara Andrews Johnston

Gertrude Stein by Lisa Abney

Gene Stratton-Porter by Barbara Ryan

Sui Sin Far (Edith Maude Eaton) by Carman C. Curton

Genevieve Taggard by David Garrett Izzo

Sara Teasdale by David Garrett Izzo

Eudora Alice Welty by Beverly Forsyth

Dorothy West by Laurie Champion

Edith Wharton by David J. Caudle

Elinor Wylie by Margaret Gilbert

Anzia Yezierska by Aleta Cane

Zitkala-Sa [Gertrude Simmons Bonnin] by Beverly G. Six

Selected Bibliography


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