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The Writer on Her Work, Volume 1


Published to high praise?"groundbreaking . . . a landmark" (Poets and Writers)?this was the first anthology to celebrate the diversity of women who write.
Seventeen novelists, poets, and writers of nonfiction explore how they have become writers, why they write, and what it means to be a woman and a writer.

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Published to high praise—"groundbreaking . . . a landmark" (Poets and Writers)—this was the first anthology to celebrate the diversity of women who write.
Seventeen novelists, poets, and writers of nonfiction explore how they have become writers, why they write, and what it means to be a woman and a writer.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this second collection of original essays, following a volume published 10 years ago and edited by Sternburg as well, 20 women writers--poets, novelists and essayists--from five continents address their experience of the creative process and the sources from which it springs. While the pieces take myriad forms--from Jan Morris's decisive assault on gender-ascribed art to Ursula LeGuin's poem on the myths informing women's writing--many authors here discourse on common if by no means universal themes. They discuss the effects of routine, landscape, children and travel on their work; reading and its influence, and figures of inspiration to them. Of special interest are comments on the imperative to write. Joy Williams puts it: ``Assemble the ambulances. Something is going to happen.'' With its many voices, images and aphorisms--from those of Maxine Kumin to Luisa Valenzuela, from Rita Dove to Elizabeth Jolley--the book is a pleasure and a faithful companion. (Mar.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393320558
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/28/2000
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 300
  • Sales rank: 986,648
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Janet Sternburg, also the editor of The Writer on Her Work II, lives in Encino, California.

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Table of Contents

Preface xi
The Writer Herself: An Introduction xix
A Second Introduction in the Year 2000 xxvii
Still Just Writing 3
Why I Write 17
The Parable of the Cave or: In Praise of Watercolors 27
De Memoria 33
My Grandmother Who Painted 45
Creating Oneself from Scratch 71
On Being Female, Black, and Free 95
Thoughts on Writing: A Diary 107
One Child of One's Own: A Meaningful Digression within the Work(s) 121
The Middle Period 141
What It Is I Think I'm doing Anyhow 153
Blood and Guts: The Tricky Problem of Being a Woman Writer in the Late Twentieth Century 169
The Coming Book 181
Opening Nights: The Opening Days 187
The Education of a Poet 217
Becoming a Writer 231
Notes on Contributors 257
Acknowledgments 269
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