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The Vintage Book of American Women Writers

by Elaine Showalter (Editor)

Other authors: Louisa May Alcott (Contributor), Mary Austin (Contributor), Elizabeth Bishop (Contributor), Louise Bogan (Contributor), Anne Bradstreet (Contributor)75 more, Gwendolyn Brooks (Contributor), Alice Cary (Contributor), Phoebe Cary (Contributor), Willa Cather (Contributor), Lydia Maria Child (Contributor), Kate Chopin (Contributor), Louise Amelia Knapp Smith Clappe (Contributor), Rose Terry Cooke (Contributor), Rebecca Harding Davis (Contributor), Emily Dickinson (Contributor), Alice Moore Dunbar-Nelson (Contributor), Sui Sin Far (Contributor), Fanny Fern (Contributor), Dorothy Canfield Fisher (Contributor), Mary E. Wilkins Freeman (Contributor), Margaret Fuller (Contributor), Charlotte Perkins Gilman (Contributor), Susan Glaspell (Contributor), H.D. (Contributor), Frances Ellen Watkins Harper (Contributor), Julia Ward Howe (Contributor), Zora Neale Hurston (Contributor), Helen Hunt Jackson (Contributor), Shirley Jackson (Contributor), Sarah Orne Jewett (Contributor), Grace King (Contributor), Maxine Hong Kingston (Contributor), Caroline Kirkland (Contributor), Jhumpa Lahiri (Contributor), Lucy Larcom (Contributor), Emma Lazarus (Contributor), Ursula K. Le Guin (Contributor), Meridel Le Sueur (Contributor), Amy Lowell (Contributor), Maria Cristina Mena (Contributor), Edna St. Vincent Millay (Contributor), Marianne Moore (Contributor), Mary Noailles Murfree (Contributor), Judith Sargent Murray (Contributor), Flannery O'Connor (Contributor), Joyce Carol Oates (Contributor), Frances Sargent Locke Osgood (Contributor), Cynthia Ozick (Contributor), Dorothy Parker (Contributor), Ann Petry (Contributor), Elizabeth Stuart Phelps (Contributor), Sarah Piatt (Contributor), Sylvia Plath (Contributor), Katherine Anne Porter (Contributor), Annie Proulx (Contributor), Adrienne Rich (Contributor), Mary Rowlandson (Contributor), Susanna Haswell Rowson (Contributor), Catherine Maria Sedgwick (Contributor), Anne Sexton (Contributor), Lydia Huntley Sigourney (Contributor), Tess Slesinger (Contributor), Anne Spencer (Contributor), Harriet Prescott Spofford (Contributor), Jean Stafford (Contributor), Gertrude Stein (Contributor), Elizabeth Drew Stoddard (Contributor), Harriet Beecher Stowe (Contributor), Genevieve Taggard (Contributor), Amy Tan (Contributor), James Tiptree Jr (Contributor), Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward (Contributor), Edith Wharton (Contributor), Phillis Wheatley (Contributor), Frances Miriam Berry Whitcher (Contributor), Constance Fenimore Woolson (Contributor), Elinor Wylie (Contributor), Hisaye Yamamoto (Contributor), Anzia Yezierska (Contributor), Zitkala-Sa (Contributor)

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Alcott, Louisa MayContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Austin, MaryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bishop, ElizabethContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bogan, LouiseContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bradstreet, AnneContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Clappe, Louise Amelia Knapp SmithContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cooke, Rose TerryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Davis, Rebecca HardingContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dickinson, EmilyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dunbar-Nelson, Alice MooreContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Far, Sui SinContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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H.D.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Stoddard, Elizabeth DrewContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Taggard, GenevieveContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Tan, AmyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Tiptree Jr, JamesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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  • Introduction: The Mother of Us All
  1. ANNE BRADSTREET (ca.1612–1672)
    • “The Prologue” (1650)
    • “The Author to Her Book” (1650)
    • “In Reference to Her Children, 23 June 1659” (1678)
    • “Here Follows Some Verses upon the Burning of Our House, July 10th, 1666” (1667)
    • “To My Dear and Loving Husband” (1678)
  2. MARY ROWLANDSON (1637–1711)
    • A Narrative of the Captivity and the Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson (1682)
  3. JUDITH SARGENT MURRAY (1751–1820)
    • “Desultory Thoughts upon the Utility of Encouraging a Degree of Self-Complacency, especially in Female Bosoms” (1784)
    • Lines from “On the Equality of the Sexes” (1790)
  4. PHILLIS WHEATLEY (ca. 1753–1784)
    • “On Being Brought from Africa to America” (1773)
  5. SUSANNAH HASWELL ROWSON (1762–1824)
    • From Charlotte Temple (1791):
      • Chapter VI: An Intriguing Teacher
      • Chapter XVIII: Reflections
  6. CATHERINE MARIA SEDGWICK (1789–1867)
    • “Cacoethes Scribendi” (1830)
  7. LYDIA HUNTLEY SIGOURNEY (1791–1865)
    • “Indian Names” (1849)
    • “Requests for Writing” from Letters of Life (1866)
  8. CAROLINE KIRKLAND (1801–1864)
    • Chapter XXVIII, from A New Home—Who’ll Follow? (1839)
  9. LYDIA MARIA CHILD (1802–1880)
    • “The Church in the Wilderness” (1828)
  10. MARGARET FULLER (1810–1850)
    • From “Autobiographical Sketch” (1852)
  11. FRANCES SARGENT LOCKE OSGOOD (1811–1850)
    • “He Bade Me Be Happy”(1849)
    • “Ah! Woman Still” (1850)
  12. FRANCES MIRIAM BERRY WHICHER (1811–1852)
    • “The Widow Essays Poetry” from The Widow Bedott Papers (1856)
  13. “FANNY FERN” (Sara Payson Willis Parton) (1811–1872)
    • Mrs. Stowe’sUncle Tom (1853)
  14. HARRIET BEECHER STOWE (1811–1896)
    • “The Village Do–Nothing” from Oldtown Folks (1869)
  15. ELIZABETH STUART PHELPS (1815–1852)
    • “The Angel Over the Right Shoulder, or, The Beginning of a New Year” (1852)
  16. LOUISA AMELIA SMITH CLAPPE (1819–1906)
    • Letter 19, from The Shirley Letters from the California Mines, 1851–1852 (1922)
  17. JULIA WARD HOWE (1819–1910)
    • “The Heart’s Astronomy” from Passion-Flowers (1853)
    • “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” (1862)
  18. ALICE CARY (1820–1871)
    • “The Bridal Veil” (1866)
  19. ELIZABETH DREW STODDARD (1823–1902)
    • “The Poet’s Secret” (1860)
    • “Before the Mirror”(1860)
  20. PHOEBE CARY (1824–1871)
    • “Jacob”(1886)
    • “When Lovely Woman” (1886)
  21. LUCY LARCOM (1824–1893)
    • “A Loyal Woman’s No” (1863)
    • “Weaving” (1869)
  22. FRANCES E.W. HARPER (1825–1911)
    • “Aunt Chloe” (1872)
    • “Aunt Chloe’s Politics” (1872)
    • “Learning to Read” (1872)
    • “The Triumph of Freedom—A Dream” (1860)
  23. ROSE TERRY COOKE (1827–1892)
    • “Bluebeard’s Closet” (1861)
    • “Arachne” (1881)
    • “Odd Miss Todd” (1882)
  24. EMILY DICKINSON (1830–1886)
    • 138: “To fight aloud, is very brave -”
    • 269:“Wild nights – Wild nights!”
    • 339: “I like a look of Agony,”
  25. HELEN HUNT JACKSON (1830–1885)
    • “The Prince’s Little Sweetheart” (1885)
  26. REBECCA HARDING DAVIS (1831–1910)
    • “Marcia” (1876)
  27. LOUISA MAY ALCOTT (1832–1888)
    • “My Contraband” (1863)
    • “Transcendental Wild Oats” (1873)
  28. HARRIET PRESCOTT SPOFFORD (1835–1921)
    • “Circumstance” (1860)
  29. SARAH PIATT (1836–1919)
    • “The Palace-Burner” (1872)
    • “A New Thanksgiving” (1910)
  30. CONSTANCE FENIMORE WOOLSON (1840–1894)
    • “Miss Grief” (1880)
    • “Rodham the Keeper” (1880)
  31. ELIZABETH STUART PHELPS WARD (1844–1911)
    • “The Tenth of January” (1868)
  32. EMMA LAZARUS (1849–1887)
    • “Echoes” (1880)
    • “The New Colossus” (1883)
  33. SARAH ORNE JEWETT (1849–1909)
    • “A Circus at Denby” (1877)
    • “A White Heron” (1886)
  34. MARY NOAILLES MURFREE (Charles Egbert Craddock) (1850–1922)
    • “The ‘Harnt’ that Walks Chilhowee” (1884)
  35. KATE CHOPIN (1850–1904)
    • “The Story of an Hour” (1894)
    • “At the ’Cadian Ball” (1894)
    • “The Storm” (1898)
  36. MARY E. WILKINS FREEMAN (1852–1930)
    • “A New England Nun” (1891)
    • “Old Woman Magoun” (1909)
    • “Noblesse” (1914)
  37. GRACE KING (1852–1932)
    • “The Little Convent Girl” (1893)
  38. CHARLOTTE PERKINS GILMAN (1860–1935)
    • “The Yellow Wall-paper” (1892)
    • “Why I Wrote ‘The Yellow Wall-paper’” (1913)
  39. EDITH WHARTON (1862–1937)
    • “The Valley of Childish Things” (1896)
  40. SUI SIN FAR (Edith Maude Eaton) (1865–1914)
    • “The Inferior Woman” (1912)
  41. MARY AUSTIN (1868–1934)
    • “The Walking Woman” (1907)
    • “Frustrate” (1912)
  42. WILLA CATHER (1873–1947)
    • “Paul’s Case: A Study in Temperament” (1905)
  43. AMY LOWELL (1874–1925)
    • “The Sisters” (1925)
  44. GERTRUDE STEIN (1874–1946)
    • “Miss Furr and Miss Skeene” (1922)
  45. ALICE MOORE DUNBAR-NELSON (1875–1935)
    • “A Carnival Jangle” (1895)
  46. ZITKALA-ŠA (1876–1938)
    • “A Warrior Daughter” (1902)
  47. SUSAN GLASPELL (1876–1948)
    • “A Jury of Her Peers” (1917)
  48. DOROTHY CANFIELD FISHER (1879–1958)
    • “The Bedquilt” (1906)
  49. ANNE SPENCER (1882–1975)
    • “White Things” (1923)
    • “Letter to My Sister” (1927)
  50. ELINOR WYLIE (1885–1928)
    • “Wild Peaches” (1921)
    • “Anti-feminist Song, for My Sister” (1929)
  51. ANZIA YEZIERSKA (ca. 1885–1970)
    • “Wild Winter Love” (1927)
  52. HILDA DOOLITTLE (H.D.) (1886–1961)
    • “Oread” (1915)
    • “Eurydice” (1917)
  53. MARIANNE MOORE (1887–1972)
    • “Silence” (1924)
    • “Poetry” (1935)
  54. KATHERINE ANNE PORTER (1890–1980)
    • “The Circus” (1944)
  55. ZORA NEALE HURSTON (1891–1960)
    • “Sweat” (1926)
  56. EDNA ST.VINCENT MILLAY (1892–1950)
    • “First Fig” (1920)
    • “Second Fig”(1920)
    • “What Lips My Lips Have Kissed” (1923)
  57. MARIA CRISTINA MENA (1893–1965)
    • “The Vine-Leaf” (1914)
  58. DOROTHY PARKER (1893–1967)
    • “Big Blonde” (1929)
  59. GENEVIEVE TAGGARD (1894–1948)
    • “Everyday Alchemy” (1922)
  60. LOUISE BOGAN (1897–1970)
    • “Women” (1923)
    • “Evening in the Sanitarium” (1941)
    • “Several Voices out of a Cloud” (1941)
  61. MERIDEL LE SUEUR (1900–1996)
    • “Annunciation” (1935)
  62. TESS SLESINGER (1905–1945)
    • “Missus Flinders” (1932)
  63. ANN PETRY (1908–1997)
    • “The Migraine Workers” (1967)
  64. ELIZABETH BISHOP (1911–1979)
    • “One Art” (1976)
  65. JEAN STAFFORD (1915–1979)
    • “The Echo and the Nemesis” (1950)
  66. JAMES TIPTREE, JR. (Alice Bradley Sheldon) (1915–1987)
    • “The Last Flight of Dr. Ain” (1969)
  67. SHIRLEY JACKSON (1916–1965)
    • “The Lottery” (1948)
  68. GWENDOLYN BROOKS (1917–2000)
    • “The Rise of Maud Martha” (1955)
    • “The Bean Eaters”(1960)
    • “We Real Cool” (1960)
  69. HISAYE YAMAMOTO (1921–)
    • “Seventeen Syllables” (1949)
  70. FLANNERY O’CONNOR (1925–1964)
    • “Revelation” (1964)
  71. ANNE SEXTON (1928–1974)
    • “Her Kind” (1960)
    • “Housewife” (1962)
  72. CYNTHIA OZICK (1928–)
    • “We are the Crazy Lady and Other Feisty Feminist Fables” (1972)
  73. URSULA K. LE GUIN (1929–)
    • “She Unnames Them” (1985)
  74. ADRIENNE RICH (1929–)
    • “Power” (1978)
  75. SYLVIA PLATH (1932–1963)
    • “Stings” (1962)
    • “Wintering”(1962)
  76. ANNIE PROULX (1935–)
    • “55 Miles to the Gas Pump” (2000)
  77. JOYCE CAROL OATES (1938–)
    • “Golden Gloves” (1985)
  78. MAXINE HONG KINGSTON (1940–)
    • “On Discovery” (1980)
  79. AMY TAN (1952–)
    • “Two Kinds” (1989)
  80. JHUMPA LAHIRI (1967–)
    • “A Temporary Matter” (1998)
  • Acknowledgments
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