Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers

Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers

by Denise Knight
     
 

ISBN-10: 0313297134

ISBN-13: 9780313297137

Pub. Date: 06/30/1997

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

As the American literary canon has undergone revision and expansion in recent years, the influence of women writers of the nineteenth century has been reevaluated. The first book of its kind, this reference provides alphabetically arranged entries for more than 70 nineteenth-century American women writers, such as Louisa May Alcott, Margaret Fuller, Emma Lazarus,

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As the American literary canon has undergone revision and expansion in recent years, the influence of women writers of the nineteenth century has been reevaluated. The first book of its kind, this reference provides alphabetically arranged entries for more than 70 nineteenth-century American women writers, such as Louisa May Alcott, Margaret Fuller, Emma Lazarus, and Harriet Beecher Stowe. Each entry is written by an expert contributor and includes a biography, a discussion of the author's major works and themes, an overview of the critical studies examining the writer's works, and a bibliography of works for further consultation.

The nineteenth century gave birth to some of the richest works in American literature. For decades, nineteenth-century authors such as Hawthorne, Melville, Poe, Emerson, Thoreau, and Whitman have been considered the dominant figures of the period, and other writers have received much less attention. But the scope and focus of American literary studies has shifted dramatically in recent years, and mainstream anthologies have been revised to reflect changes in the canon. One of the most exciting changes has been the reassessment of the contributions of American women writers of the nineteenth century. Some of these women, such as Louisa May Alcott and Harriet Beecher Stowe, are fairly well known. Others, such as Charlotte Perkins Gilman, have been the subject of much recent critical attention. But despite the resurgence of interest in American women writers of the nineteenth century, resources for readers have remained widely scattered.

This reference book is the first work of its kind to offer comprehensive entries on more than 70 American women writers who published during the nineteenth century. Featuring authors who have long been assimilated into the literary canon as well as once-popular writers who have largely been forgotten, this volume invites a critical reassessment of the contributions of these writers to American literary history. Entries are written by expert contributors and are arranged alphabetically to facilitate access. Each entry includes a biographical sketch, a discussion of the writer's major works and themes, an overview of the critical response to the writer, and a bibliography of works by and about the writer. To encourage additional research, the volume closes with a bibliography of significant studies of nineteenth-century American women writers.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313297137
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/30/1997
Pages:
550
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 1.19(d)
Lexile:
1390L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Preface

Louisa May Alcott

Anne Charlotte Lynch Botta

Maria Gowen Brooks (Maria Del Occidente)

Frances Hodgson Burnett

Alice Cary

Phoebe Cary

Caroline Chesebro' (Caroline Cheseborough)

Lydia Maria Child

Kate Chopin

Louise Amelia Knapp Smith Clappe (Dame Shirley)

Rose Terry Cooke

Ina Donna Coolbrith

Anna Julia Cooper

Maria Susanna Cummins

Rebecca Harding Davis

Emily Dickinson

Alice Ruth Moore Dunbar-Nelson

Emma Embury

Fanny Fern (Sara Payson Willis Parton)

Kate Field

Martha Finley (Martha Farquharson)

Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman

Margaret Fuller

Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Anna Katherine Green

Sarah Pratt McLean Greene

Grace Greenwood (Sarah Jane Clarke Lippincott)

Angelina Grimké

Sarah Grimké

Sarah Josepha Hale

Gail Hamilton (Mary Abigail Dodge)

Marion Harland (Mary Virginia Hawes Terhune)

Frances E.W. Harper

Caroline Lee Whiting Hentz

Marietta Holley (Josiah Allen's Wife)

Mary Jane Hawes Holmes

Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins

Sarah Winnemucca Hopkins

Julia Ward Howe

Helen Hunt Jackson

Harriet A. Jacobs (Linda Brent)

Sarah Orne Jewett

Grace Elizabeth King

Caroline Kirkland

Lucy Larcom

Rose Hawthorne Lathrop (Mother Mary Alphonsa)

Emma Lazarus

Maria Jane McIntosh

Adah Isaacs Menken

Anna Cora Ogden Mowatt (Ritchie)

Mary Noailles Murfree (Charles Egbert Craddock)

Elizabeth Oakes Smith

Frances Sargent Osgood

Elizabeth Stuart Phelps

Henrietta Cordelia Ray

Lizette Woodworth Reese

Catharine Maria Sedgwick

Lydia Howard Huntley Sigourney

E.D.E.N. Southworth (Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevett Southworth)

Harriet Spofford

Ann Sophia Stephens

Maria Stewart

Elizabeth Drew Barstow Stoddard

Harriet Beecher Stowe

Ruth McEnery Stuart

Octave Thanet (Alice French)

Celia Laighton Thaxter

Metta Victoria Fuller Victor

Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward

Susan Warner

Frances Miriam Berry Whitcher

Sarah Helen Whitman

A.D.T. Whitney (Adeline Dutton Train Whitney)

Augusta Jane Evans Wilson

Harriet E. Wilson

Sally S. Wood

Constance Fenimore Woolson

Bibliography

Index

About the Editor and Contributors

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