Women and Fiction: Stories By and About Women

Overview

From Kate Chopin?s turn-of-the-century Lousiana, to Gertrude Stein?s war-time Paris, to Alice Walker?s modern-day America, here are twenty-six short stories by the finest women writers of the twentieth century. These well-known and well-loved authors people their stories with vibrant female characters, from all over the world and all walks of life. Separately, each of these stories bears the mark of a skilled writer. Together, they celebrate woman in her many roles?as daughter, mother, worker, wife, lover, ...

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Overview

From Kate Chopin’s turn-of-the-century Lousiana, to Gertrude Stein’s war-time Paris, to Alice Walker’s modern-day America, here are twenty-six short stories by the finest women writers of the twentieth century. These well-known and well-loved authors people their stories with vibrant female characters, from all over the world and all walks of life. Separately, each of these stories bears the mark of a skilled writer. Together, they celebrate woman in her many roles—as daughter, mother, worker, wife, lover, sister, and friend. In Tillie Olsen’s classic, “I Stand Here Ironing,” a single mother considers her success in raising a daughter. In Eudora Welty’s “The Worn Path,” an African-American grandmother meets with grace the impudence of a young, white man. In Alice Munro’s “The Office,” a wife who has too many distractions to write at home rents a room in town, only to be constantly interrupted by her landlord. Superbly written, and at once poignant and ironic, these insightful stories capture the essence of being a woman—in all its similarity, and all its diversity.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451528278
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/5/2002
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 597,401
  • Product dimensions: 4.40 (w) x 6.78 (h) x 1.29 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Kate Chopin (1851-1904): The Story of an Hour
Edith Wharton (1862-1937): The Other Two
Willa Cather (1873-1947): A Wagner Matinée
Colette (1873-1947): The Secret Woman
Gertrude Stein (1874-1946): Miss Furr and Miss Skeene
Virginia Woolf (1882-1941): The New Dress
Katherine Mansfield (1888-1923): The Garden Party
Katherine Anne Porter (1890-1980): Rope
Kay Boyle (1902-1992): Winter Night
Eudora Welty (1909-2001): A Worn Path
Hortense Calisher (1911- ): The Scream on Fifty-Seventh Street
Ann Petry (1911-1997): Like a Winding Sheet
Mary Lavin (1912-1996): In a Café
Tillie Olsen (1913- ): I Stand Here Ironing
Maeve Brennan (1917-1993): The Eldest Child
Carson McCullers (1917-1967): Wunderkind
Doris Lessing (1919- ): To Room Nineteen
Grace Paley (1922- ): An Interest in Life
Flannery O'Connor (1925-1964): Revelation
Jean Stubbs (1926- ): Cousin Lewis
Edna O'Brien (1930- ): A Journey
Alice Munro (1931- ): The Office
Joyce Carol Oates (1938- ): In the Region of Ice
Margaret Drabble (1939- ): The Gifts of War
Julie Hayden (1939-1981): Day-Old Baby Rats
Alice Walker (1944- ): Everyday Use

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  • Posted May 9, 2010

    A Good Collection of Stories with a Terrible Cover

    Let me begin by saying everyone who sees you reading this will think you are reading some very feminine romance novel. Now, if you're like me, and don't like giving people that sort of view of yourself, you should probably ignore the cover and just read this book privately. The short stories have a good wide range of authors, most of which wrote excellent and compelling stories. If you don't like the first story, you're bound to like one of them. While I was forced to buy this for a class, I do like the stories. For any short story collectors, this is definitely one to add to the collection, even if the cover is incredibly pink (I have nothing against the color pink or romance novels, but quite a few people asked me about why I was reading a romance novel. Fair warning).

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