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The Norton Book of Women's Lives

by Phyllis Rose (Editor)

Other authors: Maya Angelou (Contributor), Nina Berberova (Contributor), Vera Brittain (Contributor), Emilie Carles (Contributor), Nien Cheng (Contributor)55 more, Judith Ortiz Cofer (Contributor), Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (Contributor), Jill Ker Conway (Contributor), Eleanor Coppola (Contributor), Simone de Beauvoir (Contributor), Carolina Maria de Jesus (Contributor), Bernadette Devlin (Contributor), Joan Didion (Contributor), Annie Dillard (Contributor), Isak Dinesen (Contributor), Marguerite Duras (Contributor), MFK Fisher (Contributor), Janet Frame (Contributor), Anne Frank (Contributor), Eugenia Semyonova Ginzburg (Contributor), Natalia Ginzburg (Contributor), Vivian Gornick (Contributor), Le Ly Hayslip (Contributor), Lillian Hellman (Contributor), Eva Hoffman (Contributor), Billie Holiday (Contributor), Zora Neale Hurston (Contributor), Joyce Johnson (Contributor), Helen Keller (Contributor), Maxine Hong Kingston (Contributor), Tetsuko Kuroyanagi (Contributor), Anne Morrow Lindbergh (Contributor), Onnie Lee Logan (Contributor), Audre Lorde (Contributor), Beryl Markham (Contributor), Emma Mashinini (Contributor), Mary McCarthy (Contributor), Margaret Mead (Contributor), Kate Millett (Contributor), Jessica Mitford (Contributor), Anne Moody (Contributor), Eleanor Munro (Contributor), Anais Nin (Contributor), Nisa (Contributor), Cynthia Ozick (Contributor), Sylvia Plath (Contributor), Santha Rama Rau (Contributor), Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (Contributor), V. Sackville-West (Contributor), Florida Scott-Maxwell (Contributor), Kate Simon (Contributor), Carolyn Kay Steedman (Contributor), Gertrude Stein (Contributor), Sara Suleri (Contributor), Ning Lao T'ai-t'ai (Contributor), Caitlin Thomas (Contributor), Sophia Tolstoy (Contributor), Anne Truitt (Contributor), Marie Vassiltchikov (Contributor), Virginia Woolf (Contributor)

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Autobiographies, journals, and memoirs of the twentieth-century literature of women's lives, from Virginia Woolf to Maya Angelou, from Anne Frank to Annie Dillard, from Colette and Beryl Markham to Joan Didion and Florida Scott-Maxwell.
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This is a wonderful anthology of excerpts from memoirs written by women from a wide range of eras and nationalities. There are 61 entries in all, from around 8 to 20 pages in length. A few are excerpts from books I'd already read, such as Beryl Markhan's [West with the Night] and Anne Frank's diary. Others were from memoirs I feel like I should have already read, like Maxine Hong Kingston's [The Woman Warrior] and Anne Moody's [Coming of Age in Mississippi]. Others were memoirs by women I'd never heard of and who lived lives sometimes privileged, sometimes horrifying and depressing, but always fascinating. Cultural Revolution China, both Revolutionary Era and Soviet Era Russia, India and Pakistan are just a few examples. Kate Millet, Vita Sackville-West and Zora Neale Hurston and M.F.K. Fisher are just three of the famous women who are represented. The collection is a very fertile resource for further reading and is just downright enjoyable in the extreme.

It took me three years to gradually read through this anthology, and I am considering simply starting at the beginning and reading through it again. ( )
  rocketjk | Oct 20, 2020 |
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[Introduction] This anthology of excerpts from twentieth-century memoirs, journals, and autobiographies by women draws on a body of work that's exceptionally rich, perhaps the richest vein of women's literature.
An actress and singer before she was a writer, Maya Angelou began writing books at the encouragement of friends, including James Baldwin, who had heard her tell stories of her childhood.
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