To Herland and beyond: The Life and Works of Charlotte Perkins Gilman / Edition 1

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To "Herland" and Beyond is Ann J. Lane's perceptive biography of Charlotte Perkins Gilman, one of America's most important fin-de-siecle feminists. Drawing from an abundance of diaries, letters, essays, and two autobiographies- one published and one unpublished- Lane contends that her subject's inner life can be traced through the major relationships that gave form to her personality. Accordingly, instead of being a straightforward chronology of Gilman's life, the book is divided into chapters reflecting her relationships with her parents, closest female friends, two husbands, her neurologist, and finally her daughter. Of particular significance and interest ar ethe author's analysis of the intellectual legacy of Gilman's writings and an engaging meditation on Lane's own role as biographer that manifests her affection for her subject.

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Editorial Reviews

Carol Hurd Green
In this forthright, consistently readable, and complex biography, Ann J. Lane provides us with the life we need to know to read Charlotte Perkins Gilman well.
The Nation
Edward Abrahams
[Lane's] treatment of both Gilman's life and work is brilliant. It breathes life into its subject and, like a good biography should, it also illuminates the psychological, cultural, and intellectual contexts of Gilman's vanished world, even if the problems she confronted remain with us today.
The Washington Post
Joan Jacobs Brumberg
This is a fascinating biography of a complex early twentieth century woman, informed by the voice of an astute historian. Ann J. Lane provides the first convincing interpretation of the 'fit' between Charlotte Perkins Gilman's personal and professional life.
— Cornell University
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813917429
  • Publisher: University of Virginia Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 6.11 (w) x 9.09 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Ann J. Lane, Professor of History and Director of Women's Studies at the University of Virginia, is the author of Mary Ritter Beard: A Sourcebook and The Brownsville Affair: National Outrage and Black Reaction. She also edited The Charlotte Perkins Gilman Reader and an edition of Herland.

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