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Women's Writing of the First World War: An Anthology
     

Women's Writing of the First World War: An Anthology

by Angela Smith (Editor)
 

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The literary culture of the early 20th century led a surprising number of women to write about their experiences, recording everything from their emotional responses and political impulses to their new experiences of the world of work. In this book, writings by women as diverse as Sylvia Pankhurst, Virginia Woolf and Vesta Tilley are blended with extracts from the

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The literary culture of the early 20th century led a surprising number of women to write about their experiences, recording everything from their emotional responses and political impulses to their new experiences of the world of work. In this book, writings by women as diverse as Sylvia Pankhurst, Virginia Woolf and Vesta Tilley are blended with extracts from the private diaries and letters of "unknown" women, to provide a fully rounded picture of the First World War as it was lived and fought by women across Britain.

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These excerpts from the diaries, letters, memoirs, and fiction of 54 women seek to "reclaim the Great War as an arena of female experience." Voices both famous (e.g., Jane Addams, Virginia Woolf) and more private address the themes of the outbreak of war; attitudes (toward patriotism, pacifism, conscription, love, separation and sexuality); experiences from the front and home; and the armistice and its aftermath. Includes several photos of women war workers. The only clue to the author's affiliation is her acknowledgment of British libraries. Distributed in the US by St. Martin's Press. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780719050725
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
Publication date:
06/28/2000
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.44(w) x 9.53(h) x 1.04(d)

Meet the Author

Angela Smith is Lecturer in English at the University of Plymouth.

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