Mary Wilkins Freeman: A Study of the Short Fiction

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In Mary Wilkins Freeman: A Study of the Short Fiction, Mary R. Reichardt presents a finely crafted overview of the writer's extensive, sometimes daunting body of short stories and helps readers attain a broad understanding of Freeman's multi-faceted achievement. Following a close reading of the theme, technique, and style of two stories, Reichardt surveys Freeman's short fiction during three phases of her career. For each of these phases Reichardt provides both individual analysis of selected stories and ...
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In Mary Wilkins Freeman: A Study of the Short Fiction, Mary R. Reichardt presents a finely crafted overview of the writer's extensive, sometimes daunting body of short stories and helps readers attain a broad understanding of Freeman's multi-faceted achievement. Following a close reading of the theme, technique, and style of two stories, Reichardt surveys Freeman's short fiction during three phases of her career. For each of these phases Reichardt provides both individual analysis of selected stories and commentary about other tales representative of the period. Particularly useful is Reichardt's eclectic approach, combining a New Critical perspective with elements of reader-response, psychological, feminist and revisionist criticism; her careful attention to not just the well-known early stories but the innovative middle and later ones too; and her focus on Freeman as contributing profoundly to the development of the American short story. A clear and graceful guide to the stories of a writer who merits enduring attention, Mary Wilkins Freeman: A Study of the Short Fiction is suitable for a range of courses in English and women's studies.
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Analyzes the short stories of a turn-of-the-century regionalist writer who depicted New England village life. After a close reading of themes, techniques, and styles of two stories, later chapters survey Freeman's short fiction during three phases of her career, with individual analysis of selected stories combining a New Critical approach with elements of reader-response, psychological, feminist, and revisionist criticism. Includes a collection of essays and letters by Freeman on her own work and on writing in general, plus a chronology. For students of English and women's studies. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780805746266
  • Publisher: Cengage Gale
  • Publication date: 11/28/1997
  • Series: Twayne's Studies in Short Fiction
  • Pages: 219
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.85 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Pt. 1 The Short Fiction
Influences, Aesthetics, and Two Characteristic Freeman Stories 3
Early Village Stories, 1882-1891: A Humble Romance and A New England Nun 32
Mid-Career Experiments, 1892-1903: Historical, Supernatural, Mystery, and Symbolic Stories 58
Later Stories, 1904-1928: Continuing Interests, New Moods and Subjects, Interrelated and Child-Protagonist Stories 87
Pt. 2 The Writer
Introduction 117
Author's Preface to the Edinburgh Edition of A Humble Romance 119
Good Wits, Pen and Paper 120
"Introductory Sketch" to Pembroke 121
Emily Bronte and Wuthering Heights 124
The Girl Who Wants to Write: Things to Do and to Avoid 128
An Autobiography 134
My Maiden Effort 137
Excerpts from Letters 139
Pt. 3 The Critics
Introduction: Four Perspectives on "A New England Nun" 157
Marjorie Pryse 159
Aliki Barnstone 167
Lorne Fienberg 173
Martha J. Cutter 179
Chronology 197
Selected Bibliography 200
Index 213
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